Chiapas/National: Issue 3 of “Zapatista Rebelliousness” magazine, “Beyond Sharing”

September 29, 2014

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Cover of issue 3 of Rebelliousness Magazine

On 19 September, Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés published a new communique announcing the publication of issue 3 of the Zapatista Rebelliousness Magazine, the EZLN’s word.  The first part of the issue provides part of the content of the “sharing” that took place between the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) and the Zapatista peoples at the “Comrade David Ruiz García” meeting, and the second half provides interviews with “comrades of free, alternative, autonomous, or however-you-call-them media.”

In said communique, signed as having been written in August 2014, it is expressed that, “[i]n La Realidad,” where the “Comrade David Ruiz García” meeting took place, “we discussed how capitalism has us and why it is that it has us [so], and what it is that will happen to us, if we continue in the way that the capitalists have us.”  It continues: “Peoples, nations, tribes.  Poor people, the poor exploited workers of the countryside and city are those who know what a new world should be like, with a new system of governance.  Why?  Because they have suffered injustice, poverty, inequality.  They have suffered sadness, pain, bitterness, loneliness.  They have suffered imprisonment, torture, forcible disappearance.  They have suffered centuries of lies and tricks, discrimination, very horrible things–inhumane cruelties, humiliations; they have suffered looting and displacement.  It has been centuries and centuries of insults and lives without peace, because of those from above, the capitalist system.”

Furthermore, it was recalled that from 22 December 2014 to 3 January 2015, there will be held the “First Global Festival of Resistance and Rebellion against Capitalism.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Editorial 3. Más allá de la compartición (Enlace Zapatista, 19 de septiembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas/National: Second issue of “Zapatista Rebelliousness” released (2 May 2014)

Chiapas: Presentation of new EZLN magazine (2 March 2014)

Chiapas: Celebration of 20 years since the Zapatista uprising (15 January 2014)


National: Forum “justice for all” pronounces itself in favor of the release of Alberto Patishtán. Amnesty International joins the call

September 13, 2013

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On 15 August, in Mexico City there was held the forum “Justice for all,” during which different civil organizations expressed their concern for the structure of the Mexican justice system, particularly in the case of Alberto Patishtán, a Tsotsil teacher from El Bosque, who has been incarcerated since 2000.  Participants called on the justices of the justices of the Primary Collegiate Tribunal of the Twentieth Circuit to announce Patishtán’s release during the 29 August session.  Patishtán’s judicial process was described as “full of irregularities” and based on false evidence.

Amnesty International (AI) joined the call, stressing that “the fact that a person could spend more than 12 years incarcerated as a victim of a judicial process plagued by obvious irregularities speaks to the lamentable state of the Mexican justice system.”  AI also indicated that it has “observed serious failures during the process, including irregularities and contradictions in witnesses’ testimony identifying Alberto Patishtán as responsible of the charges he is accused of.  Nonetheless, this testimony was taken at face value, even though the evidence which shows that Patishtán was in fact located elsewhere during the time of the was not taken into account.  The organization also showed that Patishtán’s defense failed to provide an adequate case, thus contributing even more to the violation of his right to a fair trial.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Increíble, Patishtán sigue preso y los culpables están libres (La Jornada, 16 de agosto de 2013)

Las autoridades mexicanas deben fallar de forma pronta y justa sobre el caso de Alberto Patishtán (Amnistía Internacional, 15 de agosto de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Global action to demand the release of Alberto Patishtán and justice for political prisoners (20 August 2013)

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)