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Patishtán calls for Global Action on behalf of those who are Unjustly Imprisoned

** He calls upon the magistrates to act in his case in accordance with human rights 
By: Hermann Bellinghausen / La Jornada

From his cell in the prison of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, the Tzotzil professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez called for global action on August 21st “to demonstrate against the unjust incarceration of the political prisoners, but also for those common prisoners who are imprisoned for being indigenous and poor, in Mexico where injustice surrounds us.” 

Patishtán, a “political prisoner” and adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle, who has been behind bars for 13 years accused of a massacre of police, which took place in 2000, but in which it has been shown that he did not participate, was supported in his call by Las Abejas of Acteal, the Peoples Movement of El Bosque (his native municipality) and collectives of the Sixth. 
“The truth edifies and engenders justice, where the can blind see, the deaf can hear and the lame can walk”, wrote the recognized prisoner of conscience and defender of the human rights of prisoners in Chiapas. “It is because of this that I call on all men and women who believe in the construction of peace and justice to support the global action from their spaces and organizations”. 

To the demand for his own freedom, repeatedly postponed by the federal tribunals, beginning with the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, he added that of his compañeros of the Sixth: Alejandro Díaz Santíz, Antonio Estrada Estrada and Miguel Demeza Jiménez. He demanded of the magistrates of the first collegiate tribunal of the twentieth circuit in Chiapas “that they act with justice based on human rights to resolve my case”. 

In their turn, the organisations mentioned stated: “We see the situation of repression, militarisation and criminalisation against any attempt at free organization and protest, which lives today in our country, exemplified by the violence unleashed in Acteal 15 years ago, which today threatens to return in the community of Puebla, in Chenalhó, as well as in other communities in resistance, which are Zapatistas or from other organizations”.  

This situation is the consequence “of the bad behaviour of the Mexican political class, whose government only responds to the interests of the very rich and to national and foreign corporations”. Those who organise and protest against this state of affairs “receive deceit, repression, disappearance, prison or the grave as a response from this bad government”. 

Alberto Patishtán is an example of injustice and resistance, according to the organisations. He is a prisoner “for organizing his town of El Bosque against the corruption of the municipal presidency and, therefore, for this and for revenge, the authorities fabricated a federal crime, and sentenced him unjustly to 60 years in prison”. In spite of his incarceration, “Patishtán continues his struggle from inside prison and that has led to many innocent people being released through organisation” from the state prisons. 

Therefore, on August 21, they invite all to a “global action” for the justice and freedom of Patishtán and his compañeros, “realising peaceful actions in each one of their places, to the cry of: ‘In Chiapas we’re missing four!’” There will be a pilgrimage that day in Tuxtla Gutiérrez to the Palace of Federal Justice, to make these demands heard. 
Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada
Thursday, August 8, 2013

English translation by the Chiapas Support Committee for the: International Zapatista Translation Service, a collaboration of the: Chiapas Support Committee, California, Wellington Zapatista Support Group, UK Zapatista Solidarity Network

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