Chiapas: 9 prisoners in solidarity with the Voz del Amate released, but Patishtán will remain imprisoned

July 20, 2013


Rosario Días Méndez, released after 8 years’ imprisonment. Photo @SIPAZ

On 4 July 9 prisoners who adhere to the EZLN’s Sixth Declaration were released from the San Cristóbal prison, following three days of waiting after their forthcoming release had been announced (on Tuesday).  Outside the prison, in rain and shine, their mothers, wives, and children awaited them.  Governor Manuel Velasco Coello arrived to the prison to hand over to the indigenous their acts of release, after having interviewed each one.  Those who were allowed to leave prison no. 5 include the following: Rosario Díaz Méndez, Pedro López Jiménez, Juan Collazo Jiménez, Juan Díaz López, Rosa López Díaz, Alfredo López Jiménez, Juan López González, and Benjamín López Díaz.  The professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez, member of the Voz del Amate who has been imprisoned for 13 years, will remain incarcerated together with Alejandro Díaz Sántiz, a prisoner in solidarity with the Voz del Amate. During the night, the liberated indigenous ex-prisoners came to the San Cristóbal cathedral to visit the tomb of former bishop Samuel Ruiz García.

For more information (in Spanish):

Liberan a nueve indígenas en Chiapas; Patishtán seguirá preso (La Jornada, 5 de julio de 2013)

Demoran tres días en liberar a presos porque… esperaban al gobernador (Proceso, 4 de julio de 2013)

Obtienen su libertad ocho presos de la Voz del Amate. Patishtán continúa tras las rejas. (Desinformemonos, julio de 2013)

Especial: Días cruciales para lograr la libertad de Alberto Patishtán (Desinformemonos, julio de 2013)

Blog de Alberto Patishtán

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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)

Chiapas: Forthcoming actions for the release of Alberto Patishtán (8 April 2013)

Chiapas: “Justice is its opposite,” declares Alberto Patishtán (20 March 2013)

Chiapas: Sixth Anniversary of the Voz del Amate (16 January 2012)

Chiapas: Federal protection afforded to Francisco Sántiz López, with more denunciations from those in solidarity with la Voz del Amate

January 15, 2013


The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC), by means of a press-bulletin, has confirmed that “on 3 January of this year, the Magistrate of the First Unitary Tribunal of the Twentieth Circuit ordered a motion of Federal Justice protection in favor of Francisco Sántiz López, upon recognizing that the First Judge of the District of Federal Penal Processes in Chiapas had violated Francisco’s judicial guarantees.”  For this reason, said Center stressed that the “federal government does not have reason to continue depriving Francisco Sántiz López of his liberty, being a Zapatista support-base (BAEZLN) who has been held in the State Center for Social Reinsertion of the Sentenced in San Cristóbal de las Casas No. 5 since 4 December 2011.”  The CDHFBC also recalled that the Chiapas state governor, Manuel Velasco Coello, affirmed in a press-bulletin on 1 January 2013 that “as regards the situation of Professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez and Francisco Sántiz López, their prompt release is for this state government a necessity.”

Also on 10 January, those in solidarity with la Voz del Amate released a public denunciation expressing the situation experienced by several of their comrades, including Rosario Díaz Méndez, a member of la Voz del Amate, who “after three months has had her audience by right postponed […] and will today newly have an audience by right.  We hope that the female judge from Simojovel carry this out responsibly.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Conceden amparo federal a Base de Apoyo del EZLN Francisco Sántiz López (CDHFBC, 10 de enero de 2013)

Boletín de prensa del Instituto de Comunicación Social (ICOSO Chiapas) (1 de enero de 2013)

Rosa López: la triple dignidad de una mujer presa en Chiapas (Kaos en la Red, 11 de enero de 2013)

Denuncia de la Voz del Amate y Solidarios de la Voz del Amate en su sexto aniversario  (Enlace Zapatista, 10 de enero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Oventic JBG once again demands the liberation of Francisco Sántiz López (17 June 2012)

Chiapas: CDHFBC publishes more information on the Banavil case (9 February 2012)

Chiapas: Urgent Action in in case of aggressions against families who sympathize with EZLN by PRI group from the Banavil ejido and arbitrary detention of Zapatista support-base (8 February 2012)

Chiapas: Some thousand persons march for the liberation of Alberto Patishtán

June 4, 2012

During the global week for the liberation of teacher Alberto Patishtán Gómez and that of Francisco Sántiz López, a Zapatista support-base who has been incarcerated for six months, some thousands persons, the majority of them Tzotzil indigenous persons, marched on 18 May in the El Bosque municipality of Chiapas, the hometown of Alberto Patishtán.  The approximate 300 people who began the march from the municipal auditorium noticed that they had become a thousand by the time they returned to the launch-point.  They carried banners for prisoners close to Patishtán Gómez, being those in solidarity with the Voz del Amate, or even members of the Voz del Amate proper, such as Rosario Díaz Méndez, Pedro López Jiménez, Juan Collazo Jiménez, Alejandro Díaz Santiz, Rosa López Díaz, and Enrique Gómez Hernández.

Teacher Alberto sent word from the maximum-security prison where he is being held in Guasave, Sinaloa: “The Mexican governments have wanted to and continue wanting to silence me, separating me from my lawyers, friends, and family.  This transfer has been unjust, but more than that I would like to say that as long as there exists injustice not even the dead can be silent, because to die is to live for others.  Fine, comrades, much spirit for you, who are not alone; continue forward, for the people need you.  I here will pray for you.”

Teacher Martín Ramírez López, spokesperson for the Movement of the People of El Bosque for the release of Alberto, recalled that since the very beginning of Patishtan’s arrest in July 2000, the people mobilized themselves, protesting and taking the municipal palace.  Governor Roberto Albores Guillén promised to release him, but instead Patishtán Gómez was inmprisoned. Ramírez noted that “This was the crime of the comrade, the reason for his incarceration,” reading a letter written on 26 May 2000, three weeks before the 12 July massacre of police for which the teacher has been sentenced to 60 years imprisonment.  The letter is addressed to then-governor, and it details the various crimes and abuses committed by the mayor, requesting his resignation.  Martín noted that “They made a list with the names of the authors of this letter so that they could arrest them all, but in the end they only went for our comrade.  They threatened this example for the others, if we chose to continue protesting.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Movilización en El Bosque por la liberación de Alberto Patishtán reúne a mil indígenas (La Jornada, 19 de mayo de 2012)

Patishtán, condenado a morir en prisión por una venganza política (La Jornada, 13 de mayo de 2012)

En manos del Ejecutivo, indulto al indígena Alberto Patishtán (La Jornada, 12 de mayo de 2012)


[Alberto Patishtán] El Pueblo se Levanta (Koman Ilel, 20 de mayo de 2012)

A TUMBAR LAS PAREDES DEL CALABOZO (Radio Zapatista, 20 de mayo de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Beginning of the “Week for Global Struggle for the Release of Patishtán and Sántiz López: To Tear Down the Walls of the Dungeon” (21 May 2012)

Chiapas: Forum against political prison and for the release of Alberto Patishtán Gómez (21 May 2012)

Chiapas: Assembly is held in El Bosque to demand the release of Alberto Patishtán (25 March 2012)

Chiapas: Demand for release and return of Alberto Patishtan (22 March 2012)

Mexico: Denunciation by Alberto Patishtán from prison in Sinaloa (7 March 2012)

Chiapas: 20 days into hunger strike and 11 days into sit-in of relatives, two prisoners are released

October 27, 2011

Plantón de familiares @ SIPAZ

On the evening of Friday 14 October, Manuel Heredia Jiménez and Juan Jiménez Pérez, residents of Mitzitón, were released after having been held for 9 years and 4 months, 16 days after initiating a hunger strike and fasting with other prisoners.

The ejidal authorities of the community of Mitzitón, municipality of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, made public a letter sent to the governor of Chiapas expressing their gratitude for his intervention through the Reconciliation Table.  It is hoped that said Table take into account the remaining cases of prisoners who continue on hunger strike and fasting.

Referring to these others, the ejidatarios of Mitzitón declare that “We are struggling for the freedom of all those who are inside the prisons as well as those outside.  Do not think, bad government, that we will give up.  On the contrary, we will continue to struggle even more until we also see our comrade Artemio Días Heredia and all the adherents [to the Other Campaign] who continue to fast and be on hunger strike.  They are not alone.”

The only prisoner who is fasting, Rosa López Díaz, noted that “Today [16 October] I have spent 18 days fasting for 12 hours during the day.  The days have gone by full of threats that they will remove my son from me.  There is also the constant harassment on the part of the women’s governmental prosecutorial office where they take photos of me every so often, and even when I find myself in my cell there comes a psychologist named Tomas Trejo Lievano who comes to bother me.  They take pictures of me so that I will give up my fast.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Liberados 2 de los compañeros presos en el cereso 5 de San Cristobal. 15.10.2011, CGT Chiapas, 15 October 2011

Liberados dos compañeros de Mitzitón presos en el cereso 5, Enlace Zapatista, 17 October 2011

Comunicado de las autoridades de Mitzitón, Expreso de Chiapas, 18 October 2011

Denuncia de la Voz del Amate y Solidarios del 14 de octubre

Denuncian su injusto encarcelamiento los pres@s polític@s de Chiapas y exigen su liberación. Actualizado 17 de octubre, Enlace Zapatista, 13 October 2011

Cartas de la compañera Rosa Lòpez Dìaz a 18 dias que inició su ayuno en el penal No 5 de San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Radio Pozol, 17 October 2011

Denuncia del Preso Solidario de la Voz del Amate Juan Collazo Jiménez, Noestamostodxs, 17 October 2011

Torturan y encarcelan a pareja tzotzil por un secuestro que no se cometió, La Jornada, 14 October 2011

Indígena preso realiza ayuno diario de 12 horas en Chiapas, La Jornada, 18 October 2011


Liberación de los 2 de Mitz, una estrategia + del gobierno para desgastar acción de hh, Centro de Medios Independientes, 18 October 2011

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: 15 days of hunger strike and  days of sit-in (17 October 2011)

Chiapas: Sit-in of relatives of relatives of prisoners on hunger strike(17 October 2011)

Chiapas: MPJD arrives once again to Chiapas, there to express solidarity with Las Abejas, prisoners on strike, and Zapatistas (17 October 2011)

Chiapas: 8 days of hunger strike at CERSS no. 5 (7 October 2011)

Chiapas: Prisoners fasting and on hunger strike (4 October 2011)

Chiapas: Public day for Fasting and Prayer for Peace in the San Cristóbal prison (26 September 2011)

Chiapas: 8 days of hunger-strike at CERSS No. 5

October 7, 2011

Image @ Escrutinio Público

The indefinite hunger strike initiated on 29 September continues for the 7 prisoners held in CERSS No. 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, as does the fasting of 4 other comrades, in addition Rosa López Diaz, a female prisoner in the CERSS who finds herself in solidarity with the Voz del Amate.

Professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez, member of the Voz del Amate, declared to La Jornada his conviction to continue with the hunger-strike and fasting until they are all released.  “We must carry forward; we cannot accept that which we are living.  We demand our liberty, or we will die fighting,” he said.

To La Jornada Patishtán also said the following: “They tell our comrade [Rosa López] that if she does not suspend her fast they will take her son of two years from her.”  The argument used against Rosa Diaz’s custody of her son is that he “is malnourished” and she must “care for him” by abandoning her protest.  According to Patishtán, it is false that the child is malnourished.  “We know he is well.”  As he notes, “if it were true it would be the fault of the prison authorities, as it would demonstrate that they have not fed either the child or our comrade adequately.”

Professor Patishtán confirmed that on Monday “there arrived to see us a representative from the Secretary of Governance, Ángel Gabriel Pérez Morales, who offered to once again look over our cases.”  The prisoners replied that they would not accept “more of the same; we demand a solution: the cases are known; they should release us.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncian los Solidarios de la Voz del Amate irregularidades en CERSS No. 5, Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 6 October 2011

Suman 6 días en huelga de hambre 7 presos políticos indígenas en Chiapas, La Jornada, 5 October 2011

En huelga de hambre, 11 presos en Chiapas; demandan ser excarcelados, La Jornada, 1 October 2011

RvsR Chiapas: presos políticos del CERSS Nº 5 Chiapas se declaran en huelga de hambre. Actualizado 3 de octubre, Enlace Zapatista, 3 October 2011

La trágica historia de Rosa, una mujer indígena presa en Chiapas, Escrutinio Público, 5 October 2011

¡Libertad! para Rosa López Díaz Solidaria de la Voz del Amate en ayuno indefinido en Chiapas, Radio Pozol, 5 October 2011

Cumplen 6 días en huelga de hambre siete reos en Chiapas, Noestamostodxs, 4 October 2011


Audios de los presos en huelga de hambre en Chiapas. 01.10.2011, CGT Chiapas, 3 October 2011

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Prisoners fasting and on hunger strike (4 October 2011)

Chiapas: Public day for Fasting and Prayer for Peace in the San Cristóbal prison (26 September 2011)

Chiapas: Rosario Diaz, imprisoned for six years, and denunciation by Voz del Amate (8 September 2011)

Chiapas: Fifth anniversary of the “Voz de Amate” (8 January 2011)

– Chiapas: the case of Alberto Patishtán Gómez presented before the IACHR, and denunciation by la Voz de Amate (10 August 2010)

– Chiapas: visit to observe 2011 call for “jTatic Samuel jCanan Lum” Honor denied (30 July 2010)

Chiapas: prisoner Alberto Patishtán Gómez’s latest communiqué and its coverage by La Jornada (19 July 2010)

Chiapas: medical neglect in the case of Alberto Patishtán (25 March 2010)