On 27 August, the Commissioner for Dialogue with Indigenous Peoples of Mexico, Jaime Martínez Veloz, visited Alberto Patishtán Gómez in prison no. 5 of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, seven days into Patishtán’s hunger strike, which he had been engaging in with his comrade Alejandro Díaz Sántiz.
In press-conference, the Commissioner said that the release of Patishtán, among other things, “is fundamental so as to generate the minimum conditions of trust” with the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) toward the observance of the San Andrés Accords, adding that Osorio Chong, Secretary of Governance, “is in agreement that this is the path forward.”
Martínez Veloz recalled the conclusions of the project of justice Olga Sánchez Cordero in which she mentions that Patishtán Gómez “is totally innocent, and his case is not a juridical question, but rather one of justice.” Jaime Martínez emphasized that, with regard to the case of Alberto Patishtán, “[w]e are convinced of his innocence; we have reviewed the process, and there is no basis at all for his incarceration.”
For more information (in Spanish):
Vital, la liberación de Patisthán para diálogo con el EZLN: Martínez Veloz (La Jornada, 27 de agosto de 2013)
Comisionado para los Pueblos Indígenas visita hoy a Patishtán (La Jornada, 27 de agosto de 2013)
Comisionado para el Diálogo Jaime Martínez Veloz visitará a Alberto (Blog de Alberto Patishtán, agosto 2013)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):