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The prisoners on hunger strike and fasting are now in their twelfth day. The protest, initiated on 29 September, has been taken up by 2 other prisoners from the prisons of Amate no. 14 in Cintalapa and no. 6 in Motozintla.
Alberto Patishtán Gómez and Rosario Díaz Méndez, members of the Voz del Amate, face nearly indefinite sentences–of 60 and 45 years, respectively. They are both accused of murders they claim they did not commit; they share a history of false charges, absent witnesses, and others who retracted their statements following legal proceedings.
Among those in solidarity with the Voz del Amate, Pedro López Jiménez and Juan Collazo Jiménez are condemned to 37 years imprisonment; Alejandro Díaz Sántiz, 30; Alfredo López Jiménez and Rosa López Días, 27; Enrique Gómez Hernández, 25; Andrés Núñez Hernández and José Díaz López, 14. Among the prisoners of Mitzitón, Juan Jiménez Pérez faces 27 años, and Manuel Heredia Jiménez, 20.
Lastly, Juan Díaz López, member of the organization Voces Inocentes, has no definitive sentence of yet.
The sole prisoner who is fasting located in the Amate prison, Enrique Gómez, declared in a public denunciation that “Not to fall into forgetting due to the negligence of the governmental authorities and penal institutions for their incompetence we now employ this resource, a means by which the government will take us into account and listen to our protest, even if these are almost the only means we are left with to demand an immediate solution, to petition the governor of the State. For this reason we imperil our lives, for a single goal: our immediate release.”
From Europe there has also been expressed support in solidarity: “Not only would we like to say that we are with you, even if we are geographically remote; despite the distance we accompany you and support you in this struggle you have undertaken, your conditions notwithstanding; we are with you and we tell you that you are not alone!” In this same communiqué, the signing collectives demanded responsibility: “We find responsible José Antonio Martínez Clemente, José Miguel Alarcón García, and Juan Sabines Guerrero for whatever should happen to Rosario Diaz Méndez, Pedro López Jiménez, José Diaz, Alfredo López Jiménez, Alejandro Diaz Santis, Manuel Heredia Jiménez, Juan Diaz López, Alberto Patishtán Gómez, Andrés Nuñez Hernández, Rosa López Diaz, Juan Jiménez Pérez. We demand the cessation of the blackmail directed against Rosa López Diaz, whom we know has been threatened with the removal of her child; they take photos of her and they are pressuring her to sign documents of which she knows not the content.”
For more information (in Spanish):
Juan Collazo, preso solidario de la Voz del Amate invita a poyar huelga de hambre que sostienen por su liberación, Enlace Zapatista, 13 October 2011
Comunicados de los Presos políticos de la OtraCampaña en Huelga de Hambre, Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 12 October 2011
Pronunciamiento de la RvsR Chiapas y el GT No Estamos Todxs sobre l@s compañer@s en huelga de hambre, Enlace Zapatista, 11 October 2011
Palabra de los familiares de los presos en huelga de hambre en conferencia de prensa desde el Frayba, Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 10 October 2011
Familiares de los pres@s polític@s de Chiapas en huelga de hambre convocan a rueda de prensa el 10 de octubre, Enlace Zapatista, 7 October 2011
Harán plantón indefinido familiares de 13 presos en San Cristóbal de las Casas, La Jornada, 10 October 2011
Pronunciamiento de la RvsR Chiapas, Enlace Zapatista, 8 October 2011
Plantón en catedral de San Cristóbal por la libertad de l@s pres@s en huelga de hambre / huelga de hambre de presos de la Otra Campaña en Chiapas, Zapateando, 8 October 2011
Manifiesta el movimiento de Sicilia apoyo a bases zapatistas, La Jornada, 9 October 2011
Pronunciamiento de la Otra Campaña de Chiapas, 6 October 2011
Pronunciamiento del Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad, 7 October 2011
Desde el Frayba conferencia de prensa de l@s familiares de l@s Pres@s en huelga de hambre y ayuno, Nosestamostodxs, 10 October 2011
Desde Europa Solidaridad con los presos en huelga de hambre de Chiapas, Enlace Zapatista, 10 October 2011
Preso solidario de la Voz del Amate, Enrique Gómez denuncia su injusto encarcelamiento, Enlace Zapatista, 11 October 2011
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
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: 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)