National/Chiapas: Day of actions for Ayotzinapa to observe the Mexican Revolution

December 7, 2014

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March in San Cristóbal de Las Casas. Photo @SIPAZ

On 20 November, in observance of the Day for Global Action for Ayotzinapa, protests were held in solidarity with the relatives of the disappeared students from Ayotzianapa in many cities throughout the world.  From three points in Mexico City, thousands of persons marched, accompanying caravans of students and relatives of the disappeared from Ayotzinapa to arrive at the rally in the Zócalo of the capital.  After the rally, when the mobilization that had been peaceful to that point ended, a group of youth launched rockets and attempted to break down the principal entrance of the National Palace.  Riot police intervened against them, as against the rest of the protestors who had not participated in this intensified phase.  People were injured and arrested, but the authorities have not released any official data.  Meanwhile, on social networks photographs emerged demonstrating presumed infiltrators in the protests, who were placed there supposedly to destabilize the protests.

The parents of the 43 disappeared students from Ayotzinapa expressed, before hundreds of thousands of people assembled in Mexico City’s Zócalo, that “this is not just about Guerrero: all throughout Mexico there are secret graves full of persons who have been executed outside the law and forcibly disappeared.”  This was their conclusion following the tour they carried out in several states of the country during the previous week, including the north and south of the country.  At the act at the Zócalo, one of the organizers reported that in more than 185 cities of the world, people had come out to the streets to demand the presentation with life of the 43 disappeared students.

In Chiapas, thousands of students, teachers, campesinos, and citizens in general marched in a dozen municipalities to demand the presentation of the students who were disappeared on 26 September.  At least 4000 marched peacefully in the capital Tuxtla Gutiérrez. In San Cristóbal de las Casas, a protest was organized that counted with the participation of a thousand people.  After a group of presumed infiltrators burned down shops after looted them, a strong police presence was deployed, leading to the arrest of several protestors.  Regardless, the police had been nowhere to be seen until 2pm; the morning of the protest progressed without any visible police presence.  The protestors distanced themselves from the counter-violence that was exhibited at the beginning of the march, when some set an Oxxo and part of a Soriana store on fire.  They accused the government of sending agents provocateurs.  Later, authorities announced the arrest of 13 “anarchists.”  Also in Comitán, Venustiano Carranza, Ocosingo, Tapachula, as elsewhere, protests were held.  Dissidents shared similar slogans, including, “You took them alive; alive we want them back,” and “Zapata lives; the struggle continues!”

For more information (in Spanish):

“Les decía ‘no me peguen, ya nos vamos’”; múltiples agresiones policiacas en DF (Aristegui Noticias, 20 de noviembre de 2014)

Marcha pacífica realizan en la capital chiapaneca (Diario de Chiapas, 21 de noviembre de 2014)

Videos: Histórica marcha por Ayotzinapa (Aristegui Noticias, 20 de noviembre de 2014)

Culmina la Jornada de Acción Global por Ayotzinapa (La Jornada, 20 de noviembre de 2014)

La refriega en el Zócalo después de una marcha pacífica (Proceso, 21 de noviembre de 2014)

Identifican en redes a encapuchados, antes de la marcha en DF (Aristegui Noticias, 20 de noviembre de 2014)

Fosas por todo el país: padres de los 43 normalistas (La Jornada, 21 de noviembre de 2014)

Multitudinarias movilizaciones de solidaridad en ciudades del mundo (La Jornada, 21 de noviembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico/Chiapas: National Brigade for the presentation with life of the 43 disappeared normalist students from Ayotzinapa (6 December 2014)

Guerrero: Police beat journalists during protest for Ayotzinapa (6 December 2014)

Guerrero: Parents reject PGR declaration (13 November 2014)

Guerrero: Update in the Ayotzinapa case (12 November 2014)

Guerrero: Update in the Iguala case: former Iguala mayor is arrested; governor of Guerrero resigns; European Parliament divided over Ayotzinapa (3 November 2014)

Chiapas: New actions by the EZLN to support Ayotzinapa (26 October 2014)

National/International: Multiple mobilizations and marches for the “Pain” and “Rage” of Ayotzinapa (12 October 2014)


National: Patishtán requests that Peña Nieto release all prisoners who are unjustly imprisoned

December 9, 2013

Reunión de Patishtán con Peña Nieto. Foto @Chiapas Paralelo

Meeting between Patishtán and Peña Nieto. Photo @Chiapas Paralelo

A month after having received a presidential pardon which put an end to the thirteen years he spent imprisoned, Tsotsil Professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez met with President Enrique Peña Nieto in the National Palace.

At the meeting, which also included Secretary of Governance Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, Subscretary Luis Enrique Miranda Nava, relatives of Patishtán, and representatives from civil organizations, Patishtán requested the review of cases of other indigenous and non-indigenous prisoners who have been unjustly incarcerated.  “You should consider that there are many indigenous and non-indigenous prisoners and pay attention to their rights; as in my case, they were violations of human rights.  I wish that the cases of other comrades be analyzed,” said the Tsotsil professor.

Among others, Patishtán stressed the cases of the Tsotsil indigenous person Alejandro Díaz Santís, who has been imprisoned for 15 years in San Cristóbal de las Casas with a sentence of 30 years, in addition to the cases of Antonio Estrada and Miguel Demeza, from Bachajón, Chiapas, who adhere to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle.

Following the meeting, the president’s office released a communique expressing that Peña Nieto would commit himself to remaining vigilant with regard to the cases mentioned by Patishtán and consider awarding other pardons.

For more information (in Spanish):

Pide Patishtán a Peña Nieto indultar a “presos políticos” (Proceso, 4 de diciembre de 2013)

Pide Patishtán a Peña Nieto revisar casos de indígenas presos injustamente (La Jornada, 4 de diciembre de 2013)

Peña Nieto se reúne con Patishtán en Los Pinos (Excelsior, 4 de diciembre de 2013)

Patishtán interviene por presos injustamente detenidos (Chiapas Paralelo, 5 de diciembre de 2013)

Video: Patishtán se reúne con Peña Nieto (Animal Político, 4 de diciembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Denunciation of death threats in Prison No. 5  of San Cristóbal (8 December 2013)

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)