Since 2005, civil and political organizations have commemorated 17 April as International Day of Solidarity with Political Prisoners. In San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, human-rights activists and relatives of prisoners carried out a public act to commemorate the date. They expressed their support in particular for Alejandro Díaz Santís, a Tsotsil indigenous prisoner in San Cristóbal de Las Casas.
Alejandro Díaz was present by means of a letter he penned in which he stresses that “This day commemorates all those who due to injustice find themselves prisoners for defending the people from the bad authorities, but the voices of justice and liberty will not be silenced, because we know well that the courageous ones give their lives for the people. And a clear example of injustice is my situation, given that I have spent nearly 15 years imprisoned for a crime that I did not commit. The bad system of government has violated my human rights and my individual guarantees and taking advantage of me for being indigenous and for not knowing how to speak Spanish. It is for this reason that I publicly declare that I will on this day be fasting and praying for 12 hours to request strength and knowledge from God to continue in my struggle. At the same time, I call on all independent, state, national, and international organizations to take any action to resist this suffering I am experiencing–I welcome them, given that on 11 May I will have spent 15 years imprisoned by the bad authorities.”
For more information (in Spanish):
Anuncia Alejandro Diaz Santiz ayuno por día internacional del/a pres@ polític@,cgt chiapas, 17 de abril de 2014
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: Alejandro Díaz Santis announces fast to demand freedom (15 January 2014)