Since 10 November, relatives of Florentino Gómez Girón (who has been held in the no. 14 prison of El Amate in Cintalapa since 1 May, on the charge of robbing cattle) and members of the “Ricardo Flores Magón” Popular Front have maintained a sit-in before the Chiapas state-congress in Tuxtla Gutiérrez to demand the release of Gómez Girón. Some days later, after having denounced “governmental indifference” and suffered police harassment and the threat of displacement using public force, those who comprised the sit-in began a hunger strike, sutured their lips, and participated in a mock crucifixion before the congress.
Filemón Gómez reported that the health of seven of the ten hunger strikes has declined, adding that they are presenting fluctuations in blood pressure, weakness of the extremities, nausea, dizziness, risk of infection, and gangrenous symptoms due to the sutures. In this way, she added that protestors had had no contact with state authorities to address the case.
Juana Gómez, daughter to Florentino, mentioned that her father was arrested in Tuxtla Gutiérrez after a teachers’ march by two persons dressed in civilian clothes. He was neither accused of any crime nor provided any evidence of having done so, and to date, no convincing evidence implicating Florentino Gómez has been revealed. Furthermore, she affirmed that he was targeted for his political activism.
For more information (in Spanish):
Se crucifican indígenas en el Congreso de Chiapas (Milenio, 2 de diciembre de 2014)
Debilita ayuno a seguidores de líder preso en Chiapas (Imparcial Chiapas, 2 de diciembre de 2014)
Ante indiferencia gubernamental, mujeres de Chiapas se costuran los labios (Chiapas Paralelo, 27 de noviembre de 2014)
Policías de Chiapas detienen al activista Florentino Gómez (Proceso, 1 de mayo de 2014)