La Jornada, Thursday August 22, 2013
Dozens of activists and members of social, union and urban organizations participated yesterday in a global action to demand the release of Tzotzil Professor Alberto Patishtán, who has been a prisoner for 13 years and is sentenced to 60 years in prison as a result of a trial in which “due process was not respected”, they said.
The demonstrators, who held a rally and march that ended outside the headquarters of the Federal Judiciary Council, reiterated their demand that the justice system recognise the irregularities committed during the trial against Patishtán and that the collegiate tribunal of the twentieth circuit based in Tuxtla Gutierrez determine his immediate release.
As part of the activities of global action, organizers released pronouncements and undertook actions in Mexico and abroad, such as the delivery of a document to the consulate of Mexico in Barcelona and a demonstration in the Italian province of Vicenza, where the Catholic episcopal see is situated.
Demonstrations and cultural activities were also reported in the states of the Republic. Neftalí Granados, a member of the committee for the release of Alberto Patishtán, said that they are preparing the implementation of a caravan, due to leave the Federal District on 29th August, bound for San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, where the indigenous man is a prisoner .
The plan, he explained, is to travel to the prison to express the solidarity of civil society with the Professor. In addition, participants will attend the headquarters of the collegiate tribunal, who will rule on the case no later than 5th September.
Rogelio Rueda, also on the committee, said that the release of the teacher is essential, but so is the acknowledgement of the judges that due process has not been respected and that justice has not been applied in an objective, neutral way, nor have the human rights of the accused been guaranteed.
The activists recalled that Patishtán began a fast on Tuesday, which will last until 5th September. During that time, the teacher, who has diabetes, will only take food once a day, and will abstain from eating from six in the morning until six in the afternoon.