Chiapas/National: National and international day for political prisoners, from 6 to 13 December

December 26, 2015


From 6 to 13 December was held a national and international action in solidarity with political prisoners in Mexico and the world. In recent dates, the Network against Repression and for Solidarity (RvsR) called for a national meeting with adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, students from the Zapatista Escuelita, communities, groups, and organizations in solidarity, toward the end of developing accords and tasks to “continue the struggle for the freedom of our comrade political prisoners.” From this National Meeting of the RvsR for Our Political Prisoners and the Eurozapatista Meeting of Barcelona came the call for this week of action that seeks to build bridges of dialogue with all those who “also build from their spaces places for struggle, because the struggle for our comrade political prisoners is not something to forget, but instead is a basic act of justice.” The action called on adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, students from the Zapatista Escuelita, communities, groups, and organizations in solidarity to carry out actions “in solidarity and camaradery with our friends taken by power.”

The action served to commemorate the men and women who have been politically imprisoned in Chiapas, Mexico City, Tlanixco (Mexico State), Guerrero, Michoacán, Oaxaca, and the U.S. whom the “capitalist system seeks to eliminate, using tools of isolation and forgetting.” This was accomplished through different events, meetings, expositions, murals, chats, flyers, performances, and conferences throughout Mexico and the world.

Presently, Chiapas has four political prisoners who adhere to the Sixth Declaration: Alejandro Díaz Sántiz, Emilio Jiménez Gómez, Esteban Gómez Jiménez, and Santiago Moreno Pérez. The families, ex-prisoners, friends, and comrades of Alejandro Díaz Sántiz, a Tsotsil indigenous man and a “struggling prisoner” who adheres to the Sixth Declaration, held a press-conference on 14 December regarding his case and transfer on 10 September to the Federal Center for Social Readaptation (CEFERESO) in Villa de Comamtitlán, Chiapas. At the press-conference, which took place at the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights, the relatives, “ex-prisoners, friends, and comrades” of Alejandro denounced that “he finds himself in isolation, with a very limited ability to communicate with the outside […]. He is held all day in his cell, with only 30 minutes outside, without access to readings, photographs, and much less correspondence. Neither does he enjoy any right to an education, nor does he have access even to paper and pencils.”

In its communique, the RvsR reaffirmed its “commitment to not giving up the struggle for a world without political prisoners, repression, marginalization, exploitation, or plundering: in sum, for a world that is just, free, and democratic.” Besides, amidst the power of the “Capitalist Hydra that uses repression as one of its basic pillars, we are not intimidated, but rather we will learn how to respond with organization, rebellion, and resistance.”

For more information (in Spanish):

JORNADA NACIONAL E INTERNACIONAL POR NUESTR@S PRES@S DEL 6 AL 13 DE DICIEMBRE (Red Contra la Represión y por la Solidaridad, 1 de diciembre de 2015)

Jornada Nacional e Internacional por Nuestr@s Pres@s del 6 al 13 de diciembre (Enlace Zapatista, 2 de diciembre de 2015)

Presos Políticos (Red contra la Represión y por la Solidaridad)

Jornada por Nuestr@s Pres@s: Audios y Videos (Radio Zapatista, 8 de diciembre de 2015)

Red Contra la Represión: Actividades dentro de la Jornada Nacional e Internacional por Nuestr@s Pres@s y pláticas con familiares de Nuestr@s Pres@s (Enlace Zapatista, 12 de diciembre de 2015)

“No olvidamos a los hombres y mujeres que el sistema capitalista pretende eliminar, bajo sus instituciones de aislamiento y de olvido”, jornada x pres@s polític@s. (Radio Pozol, 14 de diciembre)

Los presos del Ejido de San Sebastián Bachajón, del municipio de Chilón. (6 de diciembre, Kolectivo Zero)

Alejandro Díaz Santiz (Kolectivo Zero, 8 de diciembre de 2015)

Sin acceso a lecturas, imágenes, correspondencia y con visitas cada 15 días, mantienen preso injustamente a indígena tzeltal en Chiapas. (Radio Pozol, 15 de diciembre de 2015)

Pronunciamiento de Solidaridad y comunicado de los familiares y amigxs de Alejandro Diaz Santiz (Espoir Chiapas, 15 de diciembre de 2015)

Álvaro Sebastián (8 de diciembre de 2015, Subversiones)

Audio del mitin de solidaridad con Ostula y por la Libertad de Semei Verdia Comandante Comunitario.Casa de Michoacan en DF (Noticias de Abajo ML, 14 de diciembre de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Alejandro Díaz Sántiz and 386 other prisoners transferred to high-security prison (8 October 2015)

Chiapas: Alejandro Díaz expresses his solidarity with the disappeared students of Ayotzinapa and their families (30 December 2014)

Chiapas: Presentation of new EZLN magazine

March 2, 2014

Portada de la revista "Rebeldía Zapatista"Cover of magazine “Rebeldía Zapatista”

As had been announced in the previous communique made by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) “Bad and not so bad news” (November 2013), the “Zapatista Rebelliousness” magazine has been born, as directed and written by indigenous Zapatistas.

In the first volume, an editorial signed by Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés presents the magazine: “We have spent 30 years constructing how to think and live better, this before the people of Mexico and of the world.  Humble but sanely  the autonomous way we want to govern ourselves has been decided by thousands of women and men.  There is nothing hidden in what we are doing or what we seek and desire; instead it is there for everyone to see […].  We are sharing with our comrades from Mexico and the world our humble thought of a new world we desire and think about.”

The magazine also features more reviews of the Zapatista Escuelita from BAEZLN themselves: “In this first volume we will begin to share the words and thoughts of our comrade Zapatista support bases, families, guardians, teachers, on how they see the Escuelita that we have been presenting, and also how they saw the student comrades.”  With reference to anarchists, Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés notes that “there are other brothers and sisters who are rebels and not indigenous who can write and share in this medium, so as to share how it is that they think and how they see this system that desires to put an end to planet Earth.  For this reason, in this volume we share some words provided by anarchist comrades.”

For more information (in English):

Nace nueva publicación del EZLN (Desinformémonos, 28 de febrero de 2014)

Editorial. Rebeldía Zapatista. La palabra del EZLN (Enlace Zapatista, 28 de febrero de 2014)

Malas y no tan malas noticias (Enlace Civil, noviembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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

Chiapas/National: “Rebobinar 2: On Death and other excuses” (1 January 2014)

Chiapas: New communique from Subcomandante Marcos, Rebobine 3 (7 December 2013)

Chiapas: EZLN criticizes structural reforms (13 November 2013)

Chiapas: Tens of thousands of Zapatistas mobilize themselves in 5 cities (27 December 2012)

Chiapas: Las Abejas Civil Society warns of violence in Chenalhó “reminiscent of the year 1997″

August 4, 2013

(@Espoir Chiapas)

On 22 July, in observance of the monthly commemoration of the Acteal massacre (in which 45 persons were killed in 1997), the Las Abejas Civil Society released a new communique in which it shared its indignation regarding the invitation of the former president Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León to participate in the organization “The Elders, a global organization for peace founded by Nelson Mandela and Graça Machel”. Las Abejas recalled that “we know well that Zedillo is the primary responsible party in the Acteal massacre […].  If Zedillo, now a member of the Elders, had observed the San Andrés Accords and not formed paramilitary groups in Chiapas, the Acteal massacre would not have taken place, and we would not be writing this communique.”

Beyond this, Las Abejas warned of the violence that has gripped “the Puebla Colony [neighborhood] with the pretext over a dispute over land belonging to the Catholic Church […] just as in the year 1997.”  Explaining, they noted, “The violent actions of the communal authorities of the Puebla Col., upon destroying the project of reconstruction of a Catholic church on Thursday 18 July, and the physical aggression and torture of 3 persons on 20 July, is a clear message expressing hatred and violence.  What is taking place in the Puebla Col. is not a game.  It is for this reason that we are concerned, and we worry for the lives of the Catholics and of our comrades from the Las Abejas Civil Society, as well as all those who do not agree with the violence, as in the case of a Baptist in the Puebla Col., who for the mere reason of refusing to participate in the violence was beaten.”  Las Abejas affirmed that these acts derive from the impunity that prevails in the Acteal case, “because the paramilitaries have now seen that to rob and kill is not punished; on the contrary, they receive prizes from the government.”  They requested “urgently to the competent authorities to provide their immediate attention to the conflict over land […] using peaceful means, without more pretexts and dawdling,” as well as punishment of those responsible for the aggresion against Mariano Méndez Méndez, Luciano Méndez Hernández, and Juan López Méndez.

Finally, they called for the continuation of the struggle for the release of Alberto Patishtán and congratulated their “Zapatista brothers and sisters,” wishing them “much health and strength so that it goes well for them in the little school,” as for the organization made jointly with other indigenous groups from the Itinerant Cathedral “Tata Juan Chávez Alonso,” who desire to participate.

For more information (in Spanish):
Comunicado completo de Las abejas del 22 de julio de 2013
Víctimas de Acteal repudian inclusión de Zedillo en club por la paz (Proceso, 23 de julio de 2013)
Las Abejas condena ingreso de Zedillo a The Elders (La Jornada, 25 de julio de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: Las Abejas Civil Society, “the government is using two weapons in its strategy, lead bullets and sugar bullets” (25 June 2013)

Chiapas: Las Abejas denounce lack of justice in the Acteal case (23 April 2013)

Chiapas: Las Abejas lament release of yet another of those charged for Acteal massacre (27 March 2013)