Chiapas: Professor Patishtán returns to his community

Alberto Patishtán en El Bosque, 1 de diciembre 2013 @ SIPAZ

Alberto Patishtán in El Bosque, 1 December 2013 @ SIPAZ

Professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez arrived on 30 November to Chiapas, after spending several weeks in radiotherapy at the National Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery “Manuel Velasco Suárez” in Mexico City to treat a brain tumor which appeared in 2012.  Dozens of indigenous persons from the Believing People organization of the San Cristóbal de Las Casas diocese arrived at the Tuxtla Gutiérrez airport to greet Professor Patishtán, but the authorities prevented them from passing to the waiting hall, arguing that there was no space.  Some of those present felt it unacceptable to be blocked access to Patishtán, as they did not even count a hundred among them.

From the airport the entourage traveled to the Cathedral of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, where Alberto visited the tomb of Bishop Samuel Ruiz García and celebrated mass.  During the event, a communique written by the Believing People was read, saying: “Welcome, brother Alberto.  The call for justice grew among the people, the voices of men and women with just and generous hearts were raised throughout Chiapas and many places in Mexico and, indeed, the whole world; the decisions and denigration of the courts did not silence us; they made themselves blind and deaf to our humble voices, and so indignation and the desire for justice grew within us for you and for all the people, for the indigenous, for the non-indigenous, for the sick, the persecuted, the incarcerated, the disappeared, and the poor.”  It ended by noting “the truth of your unjust sentence and unjust incarceration; now we are here together, you and we, and we are all a bit freer for it.”

The next day, 1 December, Alberto reached his home in the community of San Juan El Bosque. The Tsotsil people of El Bosque welcomed him with the presence of hundreds.  The professor said that he was “not only content but also happy.” Professor Martín Ramírez expressed in the name of the Movement of El Bosque in Defense of the People: “we all won, and we will celebrate another victory.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Después de 13 años, el profesor Patishtán regresa a El Bosque (La Jornada, 2 de diciembre de 2013)

Comunicado del Pueblo Creyente (30 de noviembre de 2013)

Impiden paso a indígenas al aeropuerto en Chiapas; querían recibir a Patishtán (La Jornada, 30 de noviembre de 2013)

“Feliz, contento y sin rencores”, regresa Patishtán a Chiapas (Chiapas Paralelo, 1 de diciembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: After 13 years of unjust incarceration, freedom for Patishtán (13 November 2013)

Legal initiative for Amnesty for Alberto Patishtán (4 October 2013)

Chiapas: Rejection of recognition of Patishtán’s innocence. “There is a look of denigration toward the indigenous sector,” says lawyer (4 October 2013)

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