On 15 August, federal and municipal police arrested Adela Gómez Martínez and her partner Noé Hernández Caballero without presenting any arrest-order at all. The two now find themselves in the Center for the Social Reinsertion of the Imprisoned no. 14 (CERSS No. 14) in El Amate, Cintalapa.
Toward the end of September, Amnesty International (AI) pronounced itself on the case, indicating that its “concern that her imprisonment could signify a reprisal for her activism. Adela Gómez Martínez and Noé Hernández Caballero are members of the National Organization for People’s Power (ONPP), an activist base organization founded in 2006. On 8 August, the ONPP and another political organization from Chiapas organized a march that occupied an international bridge to demand action on the part of the state government. On the day of teh arrests, the authorities canceled a meeting with Noé Hernández Caballero and Adela Gómez and presented charges of disturbances and extortion against both, presumably in connection with the 8 August protest.”
AI reports that “Adela Gómez has not received adequate medical attention during her imprisonment, despite suffering a serious chronic illness that affects her bones and requires specialized medical treatment. She also suffers from a second-grade burn in the left hand from before her arrest, and AI calls on the authorities to guarantee that, while she remains imprisoned, Adela Gómez Martínez receives the necessary medical attention.”
Lastly, AI requested an exhaustive, immediate, and impartial investigation regarding the arrest and the denunciations of abuse and death-threats to which she has been subjected in jail.
On 26 September, the Fray Bartolome Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) pronounced itself on the case, indicating that it “responds to a pattern of criminalization and judicialization of social protest in Chiapas, where once again justice responds to interests which transcend the juridical sphere.”
For more information (in Spanish):
Preocupa a Amnistía Internacional seguridad y estado de salud de activista detenida en Chiapas, Amnistia Internacional, 26 de septiembre de 2013
Exigen liberación de Adela Gómez, activista presa en Chiapas, Proceso, 1 de octubre de 2013
Criminalización de la protesta social práctica recurrente en Chiapas, CDHFBDC, 26 de septiembre de 2013
Chiapas: State police arbitrarily arrest ONPP members 16 September 2013