Chiapas: FNLS suspends two-month sit-in in San Cristóbal without receiving response to their demands

June 5, 2012

On 31 May, members of the National Front for the Struggle for Socialism (FNLS) suspended the sit-in they had maintained for more than two months in the Cathedral Plaza of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, without having received any response to their demands which include “the dismantling of paramilitary groups in Chiapas and the rest of the country […]; the release of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in the country, as well as the cancellation of the legal processes against our comrade Blanca Estela Albores Gómez;a halt to the massive and selective repression of social activists, journalists, and human-rights defenders.”  They denounce that the only reaction taken up by the government in light of these demands has been “indifference, taunting, and total lack of political will.”

They recalled as well that in this very sit-in there have participated also members of the National Campaign against Calderon’s War, for Justice and Punishment of State Criminals, which was carried out during the month of May in different states of the Republic.  This campaign had been launched by the Latin American Federated Association of the Detained and Disappeared (FEDEFAM), the National Campaign against Forced Disappearance, the National Front for the Struggle for Socialism (FNLS), and the Committee of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared “Until We Find Them.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Levanta Plantón FNLS (El Imparcial de Chiapas, 29 de mayo de 2012)

Comunicado completo del FNLS (29 de mayo de 2012)

Después de dos meses… … Levanta el FNLS plantón sin obtener respuesta a demandas (Expreso de Chiapas, 29 de mayo de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: One person ambushed and another disappeared, both members of OCEZ-FNLS (19 April 2012)

Chiapas: Indefinite sit-in by the FNLS in the Cathedral Plaza of San Cristóbal de Las Casas (13 April 2012)

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Chiapas: One person ambushed and another disappeared, both members of OCEZ-FNLS. The latter appears with life, imprisoned and with signs of torture

April 19, 2012

The Latin American Federation of Associations of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared (Fedefam), the Committee of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared “Until we Find Them,” the Cerezo Committee Mexico, and the Network for the Defense of Human Rights (Reddh) have denounced the forced disappearance of the Tzotzil indigenous man Rogelio Alfonso López and the attempted murder of the Luis Alfonso López, also Tzotzil.  Both are militants from the Emiliano Zapata Campesino Organization (OCEZ-FNLS), and the acts occurred on 13 April 2012 in the Venustiano Carranza municipality, Chiapas.

They were returning from work when at the point of Agua Zarca, Venustiano Carranza municipality, they were fired upon by an AR-15 from a Ford truck lacking license plates.  Several men emerged from the truck to detain Rogelio Alfonso López, while the others were fired upon and followed; Luis Alfonso López was injured in the jaw and the right arm.

The attackers included approximately six persons dressed in civilian clothes; the witnesses identify Alfredo López Núñez as giving the orders.  To date the whereabouts of Rogelio Alfonso López are unknown.  For this reason, the Network for the Defense of Human Rights requests the presentation with life as well as guarantees for the physical and psychological integrity of Alfonso López, in addition to the immediate application of the necessary measures to guarantee his security as well as that of Alberto Alfonso López, as well as that of their relatives and members of OCEZ-FNLS.

On 17 April, Alfonso López was presented alive, presumably a victim of torture due to the beatings that could be observed, in the State Attorney General’s Office of Chiapas.  Until now he has been able to communicate only with his relatives.  In accordance with information from them, he is accused of the crime of homicide.

An update to the Urgent Action indicates that “It should be stressed that during two days after his disappearance, the relatives of the Tzotzil indigenous man Rogelio ALFONSO LÓPEZ asked the State Attorney General’s Office if he was under their custody or in that of one of the agencies affiliated with the Public Ministry as well as what it was that he was being accused of.  They responded by telling them that they did not know of any such person with that name or data.”

For more information (in Spanish:

Deja emboscada un desaparecido, Cuarto Poder 17 de marzo de 2012

Exigimos la presentación con vida del indígena tzotzil Rogelio Alfonso Pérez, Red todos los derechos para todos, 16 de abril de 2012

Actualización: Aparece con vida el indígena Rogelio Alfonso López, está preso y con signos de tortura, Red todos los derechos para todos, 17 de abril de 2012

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Indefinite sit-in by the FNLS in the Cathedral Plaza of San Cristóbal de Las Casas (13 April 2012)