Chiapas: Global action to demand the release of Alberto Patishtán and justice for political prisoners

August 20, 2013

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From the San Cristóbal de las Casas prison, professor Alberto Patishtán has called for global action on 21 August “to demonstrate against unjust incarceration of political prisoners, but also the common prisoners who [are incarcerated] for being indigenous and poor.  Justice in Mexico is bloodied by us.”

Alberto Patishtán, member of the Voz del Amate, an organization of prisoners who adhere to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle, has spent 13 years imprisoned on the charge of having participated in a massacre of police in 2000.  Teachers from the first Collegiate Tribunal of the Twentieth Circuit in Tuxtla Gutiérrez are expected soon to review his case.  The action for 21 August will call for his release, as for that of Alejandro Díaz Santíz, Antonio Estrada Estrada, and Miguel Demeza Jiménez, prisoners who similarly adhere to the Sixth Declaration.

The call to global action for 21 August has been supported by the Abejas of Acteal, the Movement of the People of El Bosque (the municipality of Patishtan’s origin), and collectives associated with the Sixth Declaration, all of which agree that he is being held “for having organized his people in El Bosque against the corruption of the mayor; for this reason and due to the vengeance of the authorities, they invent a federal crime and sentence him unjustly to 60 years’ imprisonment.”

The invitation calls for the realization of “peaceful actions everywhere, with the slogan ‘In Chiapas we are missing four.'”  On this day, there will also be held a pilgrimage in Tuxtla Gutiérrez to the Palace for Federal Justice, in which will participate the Believing People of the Tsotsil zone (a process which pertains to the diocese of San Cristóbal de Las Casas).

For more information (in Spanish):

Patishtán convoca acción mundial para demandar justicia a presos políticos (La Jornada, 7 de agosto de 2013)

Convocatoria del profesor Patishtán (Alberto Patishtán, 4 de agosto de 2013)

Convocatoria del Movimiento del Pueblo del Bosque, Sociedad Civil Las Abejas de Acteal, Colectivos y Adherentes a La Sexta a la acción del 21 de agosto de 2013

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: 9 prisoners in solidarity with the Voz del Amate released, but Patishtán will remain imprisoned (20 July 2013)

Chiapas: March in Cerss no. 5 of San Cristóbal de Las Casas for prisoner Rosario Méndez (5 March 2013)

Chiapas: New sentence of 25 years for Rosario Díaz Méndez (5 February 2013)

Chiapas: Pilgrimage by the Believing People for the release of professor Alberto Patishtan (23 April 2013)

Chiapas: Petition from the CDHFBC to release Alberto Patishtán (15 April 2013)

 

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Chiapas: Ejidatarios from San Sebastián denounce denial of motion and continue demanding justice for their prisoners

August 20, 2013

ejidatarios de San Sebastián Bachajón @ chiapasdenuncia.blogspot.mx

The ejidatarios who adhere to the EZLN’s Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle from San Sebastián Bachajón on 29 July published a communique denouncing that on 22 July they were for the second time denied a motion against the looting of their territory, this despite their guarantee to the corresponding judge that the assembly decision in question had been fabricated.  Furthermore, the ejidatarios reiterated their demand for the release of Miguel Demeza Jiménez and Antonio Estrada Estrada, who are also ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón adhering to the Sixth Declaration, insisting that their incarceration was for crimes they did not commit.  They remarked that Estrada Estrada was tortured so as to incriminate himself in the charge of having assaulted state and federal police, while Demeza Jiménez “was falsely accused by the Special Prosecutorial Office against Organized Crime (FECDO) in complicity with […] [two people] who bought the Public Ministry of the FEDCO on 15 October 2010 so as to be released following their apprehension on the charge of kidnapping a minor […] and for this reason they have blamed our comrade Miguel.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncia de los ejidatarios de San Sebastián Bachajón (29/07/2013)

La Jornada: Falla juez contra indígenas de Chiapas en caso por despojo (30/07/2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: release of Miguel Vázquez Deara, adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle from the ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón (19 July 2013)

Chiapas: Ejidatarios recall Juan Vázquez Guzmán, murdered in April (19 July 2013)

Chiapas: Week for Global Action: “Juan Vázquez Guzmán Lives, the Struggle of Bachajón Continues!” (7 June 2013)

Chiapas: ejidatario adherent to the Sixth Declaration murdered by gunfire in San Sebastián Bachajón (29 April 2013)

Chiapas: Adherents to the Other Campaign in San Sebastián Bachajón denounce looting and impunity (22 April 2013)


Chiapas: CDHFBC denounces harassment during carrying out of documentation work

July 21, 2013

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In a bulletin published on 11 July, the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) denounced the harassment of its workers by security personnel on two separate occasions which took place in the first week of July.

The CDHFBC reported that on 2 July in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, members of the Center were blocked and harassed by security agents from the Institute for Security and Social Services of State Workers (ISSSTE) as they were carrying out documentation work with victims of police repression, members of the Democratic Bloc of Section 7 (29 June).  The report stressed that “inside the installations were found units from the Ministerial Police and outside there were Preventive State police.”

The previous day, the Special Prosecutorial Office for Human Rights and Attention to Victims and Services to the Community responded with officially by denying the events of 29 June, asserting instead that “There is no knowledge of persons who have been arrested […] or of injured and hospitalized people.”Subsequently, on 6 July in the Playa de Catazajá prison, a doctor collaborator with Frayba was surveilled and harassed by an official who repeatedly took pictures of him, physically blocking his access to a physical examination of Antonio Estrada Estrada, from San Sebastián Bachajón, who adheres to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle.  Estrada has spent nearly two years in prison.Due to these events, the CDHFBC has expressed its concern for “the position of the government to not facilitate and instead impede and harass the work of documentation that we perform.  On the contrary, it is evident and lamentable that in offices created [ostensibly] for the observance of the obligations to protect, respect, and guarantee human rights, there is seen a covering up of acts and protection of officials and workers, in addition to outright denial of actions.  All this implies impunity and the repetition of human-rights violations.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín: Hostigamiento a integrantes de este Centro de Derechos Humanos en su trabajo de documentación (CDHFBC, 11 de julio de 2013)

Denuncia el Frayba hostigamiento de agentes de seguridad en Chiapas (La Jornada, 13 de julio de 2013)

Denuncia Frayba agresión policial a maestros de la CNTE en Chiapas (La Jornada, 6 de julio de 2013)

Boletín “Tortura y uso desproporcionado de la fuerza pública en operativo policiaco durante el XXVI Congreso Seccional Extraordinario de la Sección 7 (CDHFBC, 5 de julio de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: State police invade teachers’ assembly, leaving 200 injured (20 July 2013)


Chiapas: Close of global campaign “Juan Vázquez Guzmán lives, the struggle of Bachajón continues!”

July 20, 2013

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On 2 July, hundreds of men and women from San Sebastián Bachajón who adhere to the EZLN’s Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle carried out an “informative blockade” of the Ocosingo-Palenque highway, close to the entrance to the Agua Azul waterfall.  The banners they raised this day spoke to the reasons for their protest: “The bad government is responsible for the death of our comrade Juan Vázquez Guzmán”; “No to the looting of our lands”; “Immediate liberation for our prisoners Antonio Estrada Estrada and Miguel Demeza Jiménez. Immediate liberation for Alberto Patishtán and the other political prisoners of Chiapas.”  The protest was held to mark the end of the global campaign “Juan Vázquez Guzmán lives, the struggle of Bachajón continues!”

In the communique which accompanied their action, read aloud several times during the blockade, the ejidatarios announce that “The men, women, and children of San Sebastián Bachajón are prepared to give our lives for our mother earth and our struggle, as did our comrade Juan Vázquez Guzmán, and as the indigenous peoples of Mexico and throughout the world have done for centuries, to oppose projects for oil extraction, mining, wind-energy, gas extraction, dam building, tourism, and all others which promote looting and death for our peoples, so as to put an end to our way of life, with our language and culture.  They want to definitively terminate our culture.”

That same day, the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) released a pronunciation in which it stressed that “Juan Vázquez together with thousands of ejidatarios who adhere to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle have distinguished themselves through their struggle for the defense of territory, despite the reprisals of the Mexican government by means of the legal repression of their process toward autonomy.  It is important to stress that before the murder of Juan Vázquez, a branch of the large tree of the conscious and dignified struggle of the Ch’ol and Tseltal peoples of the region had been cut.  However, this branch has left its remnants and pathway which has eased the process and sprouts elesewhere in other struggles and comrades who join the defense of their people in the construction of autonomy and self-determination for life: a life that flows through the rivers, the wind of the jungle, smell of dignity that is inspired in each breath taken by humanity.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado completo de los Adherentes a la Sexta Declaración de la Selva Lacandona del Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón (2 de julio de 2013)

Boletín del Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de las Casas al finalizarse la Semana de Acción Mundial:¡Juan Vázquez Guzmán Vive, La Lucha de Bachajón Sigue! (CDHFBC, 2 de julio de 2013)

Tzeltales mantienen bloqueo en la carretera Ocosingo-Palenque (La Jornada, 3 de julio de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ in English):

Chiapas: Ejidatarios recall Juan Vázquez Guzmán, murdered in April (19 July 2013)

Chiapas: Week for Global Action: “Juan Vázquez Guzmán Lives, the Struggle of Bachajón Continues!” (7 June 2013)

Chiapas: ejidatario adherent to the Sixth Declaration murdered by gunfire in San Sebastián Bachajón (29 April 2013)

Chiapas: Adherents to the Other Campaign in San Sebastián Bachajón denounce looting and impunity (22 April 2013)

Chiapas: Denial of motion to ejidatarios who adhere to the Sixth Declaration from San Sebastián Bachajón (7 February 2013)

Chiapas: New denunciation from San Sebastián Bachajón (10 July 2012)


Chiapas: Ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón recall Juan Vázquez, murdered in April

July 19, 2013

Marcha de los ejidatarios de Bachajón en Ocosingo, 2009 @ archivo SIPAZ

March of ejidatarios of Bachajón in Ocosingo, 2009 @ archive SIPAZ

With a cultural and political event at their headquarters (Cumbre Nachoj) on 24 June, the ejidatarios who adhere to the EZLN’s Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle in San Sebastián Bachajón recalled their comrade  Juan Vázquez Guzmán, who was murdered this April.  In a communique released with the end of commemoration in mind, as well as to launch the Week of Global Action “Juan Vázquez Guzmán lives, the struggle of Bachajón continues,” they denounced the Secretary of Governance, Noé Castañón, as the intellectual author of the murder of Vázquez Guzmán, emphasizing that they would continue to defend their territory.  They also denounced that the new ejidal commissar had been imposed by previous ejidal authorities and the state government.  The adherents to the Sixth Declaration also demanded the “immediate liberation of our comrade political prisoners Antonio Estrada Estrada, Miguel Vázquez Deara, and Miguel Demeza Jiménez, who have been unjustly incarcerated,” finding the government guilty of having fabricated crimes in these cases.

For more information:

La Jornada: Se declaran ejidatarios de Bachajón en pie de lucha para defender sus tierras (25/06/2013)

Comunicado del Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón Adherentes a la Sexta Declaración de la Selva Lacandona (24/06/2013)

Carta por el cumpleaños 33 de Juan Vásquez de los solidarios y La Voz del Amate (25/06/2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Week for Global Action: “Juan Vázquez Guzmán Lives, the Struggle of Bachajón Continues!” (7 June 2013)

Chiapas: ejidatario adherent to the Sixth Declaration murdered by gunfire in San Sebastián Bachajón (29 April 2013)

Chiapas: Adherents to the Other Campaign in San Sebastián Bachajón denounce looting and impunity (22 April 2013)

Chiapas: Denial of motion to ejidatarios who adhere to the Sixth Declaration from San Sebastián Bachajón (7 February 2013)

Chiapas: New denunciation from San Sebastián Bachajón (10 July 2012)

 


Chiapas: Adherents to the Other Campaign in San Sebastián Bachajón denounce looting and impunity

April 22, 2013

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On 17 April, adherents to the Other Campaign of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle from San Sebastian Bachajón, Chilón municipality, published a new communique in which they recall their struggle and evaluate the former state administration of Juan Sabines Guerrero.  They denounce the impunity of looting and a justice system that serves the State, one that has allowed their ejido to experience “looting of territory and imposition of a control-point at the entrance of the Agua Azul cascades, removed from residents.”  They reiterated their desire to resist looting and to free their prisoners Antonio Estrada Estrada, Miguel Vázquez Deara, and Miguel Demeza Jiménez, “victims of the authorities for their lack of capacity and independence to apply the law.” They greeted others, who have also been imprisoned for raising their voice.  They recognized Alberto Patishtán Gómez in particular: “With a simple heart, and humble in his words, [he is] a great comrade that they sought to silence with the walls of political prison.  He will always be present in our slogans and in the process of our struggle.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncian despojo de tierras en Agua Azul, Chiapas (La Jornada, 18 de abril de 2013)

México: San Sebastián Bachajón se pronuncia en contra de la persecución estatal (Comunicado de los adherentes a la Otra Campaña de San Sebastián Bachajón, 17 de abril de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Denial of motion to ejidatarios who adhere to the Sixth Declaration from San Sebastián Bachajón (7 February 2013)

Chiapas: New denunciation from San Sebastián Bachajón (10 July 2012)

Chiapas: Ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón “occupy” control-point in Agua Azul before being displaced (25 June 2012)

Chiapas: Sit-in of the Front of Ejidos in Resistance in San Cristóbal de Las Casas (6 January 2012)

Chiapas: Press conference by ejidatari@s from San Sebastián Bachajón (20 March  2011)

Chiapas: Special report by Frayba: Government creates and administers conflicts (8 March 2011)