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[FOTONOTA] “No queremos venganza queremos Justicia” #GaleanoVive

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Desde las 12h del mediodía diversos colectivos han estado realizando actividades en La Plaza de la Resistencia de San Cristóbal de Las Casas (Chiapas) en solidaridad con los zapatistas y en repudio al asesinato José Luis Solís López, conocido como Galeano, en el caracol de La Realidad el pasado 2 de mayo. Las actividades forman parte de varias acciones de movilización  global que se estarán llevando a cabo desde hoy en varias regiones del mundo. En paralelo se ha estado realizando una “acción twittera” con el hashtag #Galeanovive para compartir información en las redes sociales sobre el recién asesinato y el continuo hostigamiento a las comunidades zapatistas por parte de grupos paramilitares que operan en la región.

Tal y como anunció en un comunicado el subcomandante insurgente Moisés (a través de la pluma del subcomandante insurgente Marcos) el próximo 24 de mayo se realizarán homenajes a Galeano en todos los Caracoles zapatistas e invitan a organizar acciones de solidaridad ese día que cada quién “en sus lugares, según su modo de cada quien y sus tiempos”.
[Crónica] Galeano, el rostro de la dignidad zapatista

[México] Los zapatistas siguen organizando el dolor y la rabia

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At anniversary of Zapatista uprising, rebellion belongs to all

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Thousands of people flocked to Oventic, one of the Zapatistas’ five political centers, to celebrate the new year and the 20-year anniversary of the armed uprising. (WNV/Moysés Zúñiga Santiago)

January 1 / 2014 / by Marta Molina / WNV
We were in the Los Altos mountains in the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico. It was cold, foggy, and there was a light drizzle, making it nearly impossible to discern what was just a few meters away. Long lines of people appeared with backpacks and camping gear, waiting to enter Oventic, the headquarters of one of the Zapatistas’ five main communities, known as caracoles, or “snails” in Spanish. This caracol is titled “Resistance and Rebellion for Humanity.”On December 31, 2013, the Good Government Council of Oventic received people from the surrounding indigenous Tzotzil and Tzeltal communitiesas well as those who came from other corners of Mexico and the world, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Zapatistas’ armed uprising on January 1, 1994.Out of the five Zapatista caracoles, Oventic is the closest to the city of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, the cultural center of Chiapas. It serves as the meetings place for many international visitors and for those who come to celebrate the new year in solidarity with the Zapatista movement. Yet, unlike most years, Oventic was overflowing with visitors. Not only was it the 20th anniversary of the armed uprising, but thousands of students attending the second and third rounds of the escuelita, the little school of liberty, had recently arrived in Zapatista territory.

It was a joyful celebration, full of rebellion and color, in spite of the fog’s attempt to hide the lively murals on the walls of Zapatista offices or the rainbow of colors on the traditional Tzeltal hats. The musical group Los Originales de San Andrés began to play on stage as night fell, their revolutionary ballads tracing the past and present of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, known as the EZLN.

This narrative ballad style, called corridos, has a long history in Mexico. It is perhaps the best format for telling the story of the Zapatista struggle: from the organization’s inception on November 17, 1983, to the 1994 uprising and occupation of five Chiapas municipal government offices, all the way through the bloodiest battles, such as battle of Ocosingo, and the sad, widely-mourned death of Subcomandante Pedro, one of the movement’s leaders. The lyrics to their songs also explain how the Good Government Councils began 10 years ago and how they are organized today.

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Zapatista bands performed at the 20-year anniversary of the armed uprising. (WNV/Marta Molina)

The last two songs performed by Los Originales were dedicated to the 20 years of devastation and displacement caused by the North American Free Trade Agreement, which was signed by Mexico, the United States and Canada on January 1, 1994, at the behest of transnational corporations.

“They should go, once and for all!” Los Originales cried. “And those who are here,” they said, referring to the Zapatistas, “They should stay.”

The celebration continued joyfully with dancing and music. As the Zapatista leadership expressed in a recent communique, “Resistance, friends and enemies, is not only the legacy of the neozapatistas. It is the legacy of humanity. And that is something that must be celebrated, everywhere, every day, and at all hours. Because resistance is also a celebration.”

A little before 9 p.m., those on stage announced the entrance of the Mexican and Zapatista flags so that those present could pay homage. An equal number of Zapatista men and women participated in the ceremony, singing first the Mexican national anthem and then the Zapatista anthem. Next came the highlight of the evening: Comandanta Hortensia, a woman of small stature but with a potent, confident and energetic voice, read a communique on behalf of the Zapatista leadership. It explained, in Spanish, that although indigenous peoples were “forgotten, suppressed into ignorance and misery … 20 years ago, we made it known, before the nation and the world, that we exist, that we are here.”

The uprising

On January 1, 1994, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation rose up in arms against the Mexican government, at the time headed by Carlos Salinas de Gortari, and against an unjust, neoliberal social system.

In the EZLN’s first First Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle in 1993, the army’s general command wrote, ”In accordance with this declaration of war, we ask the other powers of the nation to come together to restore legitimacy and stability to the nation by deposing the dictator.”

While those in power toasted to the promises of modernity and the enactment of the North America Free Trade Agreement, on January 1, 1994, the Zapatistas launched a 12-day armed insurrection against the Mexican army. The demands of these indigenous Mayan communities were no less than a new world with work, land, housing, food, health, education, independence, liberty, democracy, justice and peace. Their objective was to to attain these basic demands with a free and democratic government.

Working towards autonomy

Although the EZLN issued a communique saying that mass media journalists would not be welcome at the festivities, they arrived anyway, ready to evaluate the Zapatistas’ advances and shortcomings and to photograph the faces covered by ski masks or bandanas.

The organization has been judged and analyzed by myriad commercial media sources in Mexico. Despite never having spent a significant amount of time with them and not having followed their trajectory over the decades, the media has published long specials and supplements about their achievements and their errors, pulling out archived photos and old interviews with the so-called spokesperson of the organization, Subcomandante Marcos. Some outlets even featured interviews with his supposed girlfriends.

However, it isn’t easy to capture the essence of this movement, which is one of the reasons that they began inviting thousands of outsiders to the escuelita so the world could witness the movement’s progress unmediated by mainstream media. At the new year’s celebration, the Zapatistas continued to tell their own vision of this nuanced history — their story, their errors and their lives and deaths — through the voice of Comandante Hortensia.

“Twenty years ago we didn’t have anything, no health or education services for our communities,” she began. “No community could elect its own authorities without these officials being recognized or controlled by political parties. No community could impeach their authorities when they did not meet their obligations, or when they became corrupt and manipulative, because they were backed by the state and federal governments. There was not a single level of authority that was truly there to serve the people.”

Today, 20 years later, Zapatista communities have their own autonomous governments at the local, municipal and regional levels, and the community has no interaction with the official Mexican government. “Whether it’s done well or badly, the government represents the decision and the will of the people to choose their own authorities and to take away their authority when necessary,” she added.

During her speech on behalf of the Zapatista leadership, Hortensia highlighted the organization’s achievements. One of the most important: The community has begun to live its own version of autonomy and liberty. “This is the building of our own autonomy, this is democracy, liberty, equality, and justice in action, and it continues on its path and nothing can stop it,” she said.

The elders have been sharing their knowledge and experiences with the younger generations in order to prepare them to both resist and govern. Much remains to be done, said Hortensia, “but we are sure that [our struggle] will advance, because it is based upon true democracy, liberty and justice.”

The war continues

One January 12, 1994, the Mexican government declared a unilateral ceasefire in Chiapas as a first step towards peace negotiations. The EZLN agreed to participate in the negotiations, but its conditions and demands were never met by the Mexican government. Instead, the organization set out to meet its needs on its own, and began building autonomous programs to fulfill their demands.

Meanwhile, the army and the paramilitaries never left the state of Chiapas. Even today, these forces continue a fierce secret war of counterinsurgency. In spite of the ceasefire declared in 1994, which the EZLN has honored, the Mexican government has instead sought to eliminate and intimidate the communities that act as the base of support for the EZLN. As Hortensia recounted on new year’s, the government’s paramilitaries and politicians have harassed, provoked, displaced, threatened, and robbed the EZLN’s bases of support. Today, the government is trying to force the Zapatistas off the lands they recuperated from plantation owner and cattle ranchers during the uprising in 1994, and those who resist displacement are sometimes jailed and even murdered for defending themselves.

The Zapatistas have resisted these attacks without using their weapons. As Comandante Hortensia explained, “We have the best weapons to fight against that which is bad, to fight death and build a new life for all: Our weapons are resistance, rebellion, truth, justice, and reason, all of which are on our side.”

To enrich and strengthen their resistance and autonomy, the Zapatistas have invited three rounds of students for the first level of the escuelita. In total, approximately 6,700 people from all over the world have come and spent five days living with Zapatista families, sharing their homes, listening to their stories and experiencing their autonomy.

What is to come

The Zapatistas know that the government will continue to attack their movement.

“We are clear that these bad governments will continue spending millions of dollars to finance war, to continue their counterinsurgency programs with the objective of destroying the resistance of the Zapatista communities,” Hortensia said. “That’s why every presidential administration our state and country are falling further into debt — because they are financing a war against indigenous peoples and against all of the social sectors that fight to defend their rights and improve the conditions of their lives.”

But, the movement is also confident that it is supported by people across the world who agree with, and want to further, this vision of autonomy. The Zapatistas are convinced that there are thousands of men and women, children and adults, representing all races, languages, levels of society and cultures throughout the world who are ready and willing to fight for a better world wherein many worlds are possible, where liberty reigns, and justice is a right for all.

And now, more than 20 years after first launching onto the global stage, the Zapatistas are continuing to work towards this goal, autonomously, without depending on the government.

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“Acá estamos para sumar”

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Patishtan acompaña la marcha de Las Abejas de Acteal el día de la commemoración de los 16 añis de la masacre

Patishtan llegó a la tijera de Majomut, desde donde inició la marcha de La Sociedad Civil “Las Abejas” el día de la conmemoración de los 16 años de la masacre perpetrada en 1997 por paramilitares y que acabó con la vida de 45 tsotsiles que se encontraban desplazados en Acteal.

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“El profe” se mostró muy contento por la liberación, el pasado día 19, de Miguel Demeza Jiménez adherente de la Sexta declaración de la selva Lacandona y procedente de la zona tzeltal San Sebastián Bachajón -en el municipio de Chilón, Chiapas-.

Liberaron a Demeza después de pasar más de tres años encarcelado en el penal El Amate, en Cintalapa de Figueroa, acusado de delitos que no cometió.

Patishtan llegó a la Tierra Sagrada de Acteal e intervino al final de la Ceremonia de Las Abejas asegurando que su libertad “es un triunfo de todos” y se sumó a la incansable demanda de Las Abejas de exigir justicia. “No es posible que quede todo en el olvido, la sangre de los 45 que mataron, no se puede olvidar”.

Su discurso, mucho más enérgico en su versión tsotsil que en español, terminó con un contundente “acá estamos, para sumar”.

[Retales] Aquellas pequeñas cosas

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Entrevista con el profesor Patishtan durante su primera mañana en libertad, en su casa de El Bosque, en Los Altos de Chiapas. 2 de diciembre de 2013

-Cuáles son aquellas pequeñas cosas que usted echaba de menos, Profe?
-Todas son importantes. Por ejemplo algo pequeño que me nutre y mucho, lo que desayunamos hoy aquí en la casa. Comer más despacio, el encontrarle más sabor a las tortillas, a la verdura, al cafecito… Si lo tomamos todo de un jalón y queremos meterlo todo dentro de la boca no vamos a encontrar ese sabor…
Yo hoy me comí como 6 tortillas en la mañana de esas que le gustaron a usted de maíz con tomate. Y pienso ahora en el proceso que llevó:  No se cuantos trocitos de leña quemaron, no se cuanto tiempo le costó a la muchachita el estar acurrucada para hacerlas, pienso que posiblemente la persona se quemó al ponerla en el comal, que se gastó agua… Un montón de cosas que a veces no llegamos a alcanzar,  el cómo vino a la mesa.

Desayunar. Esa fue otra libertad para mi. No te están diciendo que tienes que comer esto como todos los demás sino que aquí hay una libertad para decidir, expresas lo que sientes, respiras otro aire.

-Le puedo pedir un favor?

-Adelante.

-El día de la misa en San Cristóbal usted cantó una canción que cantaban dentro de la cárcel con el resto de presos. ¿Nos la puede cantar?

In Mexico, a victory for indigenous liberation

Marta Molina for WNV
patish_libre_marta_molinaAfter 13 years of unjust imprisonment, Mexican political prisoner Alberto Patishtan Gomez walked free on October 31.Over the course of his incarceration, the 42-year-old indigenous Tzotzil professor became one of Mexico’s leading voices protesting the unjust imprisonment of indigenous peoples, a widespread problem in a country where racism and violence against the indigenous communities is still rampant. From behind bars, he organized for the liberation of many of his indigenous companions. His final victory is his own freedom — although he often said that he has always felt free, even when imprisoned, because he knew he was innocent.

His first public appearance after gaining his freedom was not in his home state of Chiapas nor at the entrance of Prison Number Five in the city of San Cristóbal de las Casas, where he had been held. Instead, he was in Mexico City with his son Héctor, his daughter Gaby and his niece Génesis. While still imprisoned, he had been transferred to Mexico City to receive treatment for the brain tumor that has been causing him to lose his vision.

“Who is Patishtan?” he asked in front of dozens of cameras angling for the best photo. “I am Patishtan,” he said, “a person who not only hears, but listens. Patishtan is someone who is losing his vision because of his sickness, which doesn’t let him see very well with his eyes, but I can see much more clearly in my heart.”

No one pardoned Patishtan 

Supporters from across Mexico and from around the world have been organizing for Patishtan’s freedom ever since he was arrested and convicted of murdering Mexican police officers in a trial that was filled with flaws and corruption. Earlier this year, a Chiapas court denied his appeal, a significant setback in the case. His supporters then began to explore other possibilities, including a push for amnesty or for release on humanitarian grounds due to his illness. But neither of those two possibilities moved forward.

Finally, the path to his freedom came not through the judicial system but through the legislative branch. On October 23, the Mexican senate modified the pardon rules in the federal penal code. It became known as the “Patishtan Law,” and President Enrique Peña Nieto used it to grant him a “special pardon” — distinct from the standard “presidential pardon,” which would have left Patishtan free, but still guilty in the eyes of the law.

“No one pardoned Patishtan. The organized people achieved his freedom,” shouted activists upon seeing Patishtan finally free after 13 years of struggle.

In addition to achieving Patishtan’s freedom, the campaign represents a victory against the Mexican judicial system, which is now forced to admit its error. “What is now being recognized is that Patishtan suffered grave human rights violations, violations of due process, and that his innocence was not presumed,” said Sandino Rivero, Patishtan’s lawyer.

To many who have been working for Patishtan’s freedom, the passage of this law is evidence of the widespread injustices in the Mexican legal system.

“This is a victory that resulted from the sad failure of Mexican justice,” said Patishtan’s 17-year-old son, Hector, who has become a human rights activist during his father’s incarceration and has vowed to continue fighting for the freedom of other political prisoners still behind bars.

Victories from behind bars

Early in his incarceration, Patishtan saw many indigenous prisoners who did not know how to defend themselves, didn’t have money for lawyers, didn’t speak Spanish and didn’t have access to interpreters. He began organizing prisoners to fight for their basic rights and to prove their innocence.

At the first prison where he was held, everyone he organized with was freed, expect for himself. Later, when he was transferred to another prison, he organized an action to burn the prisoners’ uniforms, since the imposition of this clothing meant the further loss of one’s individuality and personality. He also proposed camping in the prison’s patio, and over the years many prisoners stopped sleeping in their cells and organized a permanent occupation of the patio. These acts of resistance made them feel more free.

In 2006, when the Zapatistas launched the Other Campaign to unite with resistance movements across Mexico and in other regions, Patishtan and other prisoners decided to join the campaign. Through this broader network, the group was able to increase the visibility of the injustices faced by indigenous political prisoners in Chiapas. Over the years Patishtan also organized a series of hunger strikes, which, despite his current illness, strengthened him physically and mentally. These strikes won freedom for many of his fellow prisoners, but it only brought him increased punishment. He was sent to a maximum security prison in the state of Sinaloa, thousands of miles away from his home state of Chiapas. There, for the first time, they cut his hair, which represented a loss of his indigenous identity. One’s hair acts as protection when working in the milpa, the cornfield. Around that point, Patishtan also began to write letters to himself.

With the support of the People’s Movement in El Bosque for Patishtan’s Freedom and a number of human rights organizations, Patishtan was relocated to a prison in Chiapas after 10 months. There, after years of organizing, hunger strikes and outside campaigns, eight more of his companions were released. Once more, all of Patishtan’s companions were freed, except for himself and Alejandro Díaz Santís, who remains incarcerated.

Organizing for many

Patishtan’s release is heralded as a victory for the millions of indigenous people in Mexico, who continue to face discrimination in the media and the judicial system. It is also an example of how to use one person’s struggle to organize for many, such as Patishtan’s companions Pedro López and Juan Collazo who were freed earlier this summer.

Upon hearing about Patishtan’s release, they said that he taught them how to read, write, speak Spanish — and, most importantly, how to organize. “For me, it opened a door to living when I met Alberto,” said Collazo. “I learned to defend my rights and teach others to do the same.”

Despite the freedom of their teacher, the two intend to continue organizing.

“For Alejandro Díaz Santís, Miguel Demeza Jimenez, Antonio Estrada Estrada, and for all of the political prisoners in this country, we will continue fighting,” said Pedro Lopez.

This weekend, after finishing his medical treatment, Patishtan turned to his hometown, El Bosque, where he plans to continue organizing for the rights of poor and indigenous communities. In his eyes, the reverberation of his campaign is the most inspiring part of his own freedom.

“They wanted to stop my struggle, but what happened is it multiplied. They wanted to hide it, but they made it glow.”

Inician plantón por la libertad de Patishtan y el retorno de los desplazados de Puebla

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9 de septiembre de 2013

Marta Molina.- San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas

Integrantes del Pueblo Creyente del equipo tsotsil de la Diócesis de San Cristóbal, miembros del Movimiento de El Bosque por la liberación de Alberto Patishtan y 19 de los desplazados del ejido Puebla iniciaron hoy un plantón que durará 3 días, en frente de la Catedral de San Cristóbal de Las Casas. Ayunarán y orarán por la liberación del profesor Patishtan – en manos del poder judicial federal que dictaminará dentro de 3 días- y por el retorno con justicia de los desplazados del ejido Puebla, en el municipio de Chenalhó – entre los cuales hay miembros de Las Abejas de Acteal, Bases de Apoyo del EZLN, Pueblo Creyente, católicos y bautistas.

“No queremos otro Acteal”

El pasado 26 de agosto se desplazaron de manera forzada a la Tierra Sagrada de los Mártires de Acteal 98 personas de 17 familias católicas y bautistas de la colonia Puebla. El motivo fue la amenaza de un ataque dirigido por partidarios del comisariado ejidal del municipio y pastor evangélico Agustín Cruz Gómez. Acteal no recibía desplazados desde 2001, cuando centenares de sobrevivientes de la matanza perpetrada en 1997 –en la que asesinaron a 45 tsotsiles- regresaron a sus tierras.

Nicolás Cruz Pérez, desplazado de Puebla, comentó que temen que se repita otro Acteal. “Son los mismos personajes del comisariado ejidal los de hoy y los del 97. Ellos fueron los que formaron los paramilitares por aquel entonces dando ordenes a las familias  para que compraran armas en su comunidad. No queremos otro Acteal y no queremos ser otra vez desplazados”.

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Al preguntarle por los nombres de los responsables señaló al comisariado ejidal actual, Agustín Cruz Gómez y a Lorenzo Gutiérrez Gómez, entre otros. Además, añadió que necesitan ir a ver a las 12 familias católicas que se quedaron allá “con miedo y tememos que los agredan, pues a cada rato pasan grupos de personas a amenazarles y  tirarles piedras con resorteras”.

El problema en Puebla parecía, a primera vista, ser consecuencia de un conflicto religioso incitado por las autoridades ejidales -todos miembros de iglesias evangélicas y presbiterianas.
 Según contó Cruz Pérez, todo empezó con el pretexto de una disputa por el edificio de la ermita católica pero al parecer tiene que ver con el regreso de los paramilitares que fueron sentenciados por participar en la masacre de Acteal, y han sido liberados. Vale recordar que el pasado 10 de abril La Primera Sala de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación (SCJN) ordenó la inmediata liberación de 15 de los condenados por la matanza de Acteal, entre ellos, Jacinto Arias Cruz, único paramilitar de Puebla que fue encarcelado. Mientras, el profesor tsotsil Alberto Patishtan lleva 13 años en la cárcel con una condena de 60.

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 “Queremos la libertad para Patishtan”

“Le pediremos a Dios que las autoridades federales estatales y locales tengan corazón de carne y no de piedra. Llevamos 13 años luchando por la libertad de un inocente. Queremos también que los hermanos de Puebla tengan justicia hoy y no dentro de 13 años”, comentó el profesor Martin Ramírez López, del Movimiento de El Bosque por la Libertad de Alberto Patishtan quien aseguró que más de 1.000 personas de la comunidad de El Bosque ayunarán hasta el próximo jueves y orarán desde sus casas por la libertad del maestro tsotsil.

ImagenPara Patishtan empieza la cuenta atrás hacia su libertadque ahora está en manos de tres magistrados o hacia la continuación de una lucha que empezó hace 13 años cuando fue injustamente encarcelado “Decidan lo que decidan, mi papá es inocente. Ya tuvimos la experiencia de la Suprema Corte que no quiso pronunciarse y estamos preparados para todo”, comentó Gaby Patishtan quien aseguró que tanto en la Ciudad de México –en donde ahora radica y sigue organizando su hermano Héctor- como en otras ciudades del mundo se han planeado acciones hasta el próximo día 12.

El problema no es un conflicto interreligioso entre católicos y evangélicos”

En Puebla se violentó y agredió tanto a bases de apoyo zapatistas como Abejas y miembros del Pueblo Creyente, e incluso a seguidores de otras iglesias cristianas. Coincide que nguno milita en un partido político concreto. En este sentido resurge la aserción que expresó la Sociedad Civil Las Abejas de Acteal en un comunicado publicado el pasado 4 de septiembre: “está muy claro que esta violencia es consecuencia de la impunidad y de la guerra sucia, diseñada por el Estado Mexicano desde el año de 1994, la cual culminó con la masacre de Acteal el 22 de diciembre de 1997”.

Mientras acababan de montar la carpa para el plantón, Sacario Hernández Hernandez, representante del Pueblo Creyente de la Diócesis de San Cristóbal comentó que apoyan de forma incondicional a los tsotsiles desplazados de Chenalhó y a los niños que están llorando en Acteal. “Orar, ayunar y caminar hacia la justicia es lo que debemos hacer ahora. Además, hay que insistir en que no sólo los católicos fueron expulsados sino también dos evangélicos adventistas que ahora están desplazados en Acteal, por lo tanto, el problema no es un conflicto interreligioso entre católicos y evangélicos, hay algo más”.

“Queremos justicia para los desplazados y vivir en paz”, sentenció Hernández, quién anunció que el próximo jueves 12 habrá una peregrinación en San Cristóbal convocada por 10 parroquias que forman parte del Pueblo Creyente congregando las demandas de justicia tanto para el caso Puebla como para Patishtan.

El Colectivo Koman Ilel estará retransmitiendo en vivo desde el plantón enfrente de la Catedral de San Cristóbal de Las Casas a partir de mañana martes y hasta el miércoles de 9 a.m a 9 p.m

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Edición y selección de fotos: Moysés Zúñiga Santiago
 
 

Gritos de Libertad por Patishtán

 

Marta Molina.- San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas

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Foto: Moysés Zúñiga Santiago

Desde el interior del penal número 5 de San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas los presos pudieron oír hoy los gritos de “libertad” y “justicia” entonados por centenares de indígenas de El Bosque y voces solidarias a favor de la liberación de Alberto Patishtán Gómez a 13 años de su encarcelamiento.

Mientras tanto, afuera, indígenas tzotziles de El Bosque, miembros de Las Abejas de Acteal e integrantes de El Pueblo Creyente se congregaron desde la mañana para realizar una misa católica en la entrada del CERESS -Centro Estatal para la Reinserción Social de Sentenciados- y rezar por la liberación del profesor tzotzil condenado a 60 años por un crimen que no cometió.

A la intemperie y en frente de una sencilla mesa improvisada en donde descansaba una tosca Biblia, dos recipientes con ostias sagradas y dos botellas de agua bendita el párroco de Simojovel, Marcelo Pérez dio inicio a la eucaristía: “No ser solidarios es ser cómplices de estas injusticias de los gobiernos injustos”, dijo.

Durante la misa, de alto contenido político y reivindicativo, se insistió en que la negación de la libertad de Alberto Patishtán es también la expresión de que los pueblos indígenas están todos encarcelados: “Es un mensaje del estado, quien tiene en sus manos las leyes para encarcelar a inocentes y liberar a asesinos como los autores materiales de la Masacre de Acteal”, señaló el párroco de Simojovel quién imploró la libertad de Patishtán y los pueblos indígenas “en nombre de Dios”.

Después del culto, celebrado en tzotzil y en español y durante el cual se entonaron cantos religiosos al unísono, los presentes marcharon alrededor de los muros de la cárcel encabezados por el padre Magdaleno Sánchez Ruiz, Párroco de El Bosque, quien portaba un estandarte de la Virgen de Guadalupe.

A pesar de las condiciones de dejadez en las que se encuentra el terreno contiguo a los muros del penal lograron dar la vuelta completa en una especie de abrazo colectivo de apoyo al profesor tzotzil y a sus compañeros presos injustamente.

“Hacemos como los peregrinos que dieron vueltas a Jericó para destruir a su enemigo”, comenta el padre Marcelo Pérez durante la marcha. “Nuestro caminar es una ofrenda a Dios y un apoyo solidario a Patishtán”, añadió.

Los integrantes de El Movimiento del Pueblo de El Bosque por la Liberación de Patishtán celebraron hoy 13 años de su necesario surgimiento, motivado por el encarcelamiento del profesor tzotzil y comentaron que no pararán de luchar hasta que su compañero salga libre “porque él es inocente, lo único que hizo fue querer ayudar al pueblo, le fabricaron un delito por querer destituir a un presidente municipal autoritario y corrupto, Manuel Gómez Ruiz”, recuerda Martín Ramírez, profesor y compañero de juventud de Alberto, entre gritos de “justicia, justicia”.

El expediente del Caso de Alberto Patishtán llegó hace dos semanas al Tribunal Colegiado de Chiapas remitido por la Suprema Corte y a día de hoy se sigue esperando que se designe un Magistrado Ponente para que elabore el proyecto. Posterior a eso tendría que ser listado o discutido en un término no mayor de 10 días -como establece el Código Federal de Procedimientos Penales. Sin embargo, los abogados de Patishtán consideran que por la complejidad del Caso el asunto puede demorar hasta agosto -por el período vacacional- aunque no descartan que se de una resolución ajustada al Código y se resuelva en dos semanas.

Leonel Rivero, el actual abogado de Patishtán, acompañó el acto simbólico en frente del CERESS 5 y comentó que, como parte del apoyo internacional a la liberación de Alberto, el día 4 de julio, Baldemar Velázquez -organizador y líder defensor de los derechos de los campesinos en los Estados Unidos, compañero del luchador social Cesar Chávez y discípulo de Martin Luther King- visitará a Alberto Patishtán.

El mismo Profesor habló desde las entrañas de la cárcel a través de una Carta que fue leída de la voz de Román a escasos metros de las rejas del penal. Patishtán externó su agradecimiento a todos los que, el día que cumple 13 años entre rejas, dedicaron su esfuerzo y creatividad a pedir su libertad: “No me arrepiento de haber ayudado a mis hermanos pobres, sino al contrario me siento feliz de haber cumplido un poquito de mi deber y no como una obligación”.

A su vez expresó que con la ayuda de los que le apoyan –como los que apoyaron a Jesús y le ayudaron a cargar la Cruz- se siente con fuerzas “y mi cruz que llevo la siento liviano y sé que llegaré al triunfo en unión de todos ustedes”. Su carta, terminó con un llamado a la esperanza y un grito de “la Verdad nos hará libres”

Al finalizar la marcha, Carmen Gómez Gómez, coordinadora del Movimiento del Pueblo de El Bosque se acercó a las puertas del penal y organizó una comitiva de 10 personas para que entraran a visitar a Patishtán insistiendo en que  pasaran los que aún no le conocen. Compañeras y vecinas del profesor, emocionadas, no dudaron en entrar a visitarle y traspasar los muros del penal para abrazarle en persona y darle la fuerza necesaria mientras sigue la eterna espera que decidirá su libertad.

San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas. 19 de junio de 2013. Carmen Gomez Gomez (derecha), a la entrada del penal donde se encuentra recluido hace 13 anos su sobrino Alberto Patishtan Gomez  Foto: Moyses Zuniga Santiago.

Carmen Gomez Gomez (derecha), a la entrada del penal donde se encuentra recluido hace 13 anos su sobrino Alberto Patishtán Gómez
Foto: Moysés Zúñiga Santiago.

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Palabras de Martín Ramírez López, Coordinador del Movimiento del Pueblo de El Bosque por la Libertad del profesor tzotzil Alberto Patishtán durante la marcha realizada el 19 de junio alrededor del penal en donde lleva 13 años encarcelado injustamente.

El compañero de profesión y de infancia del preso político asegura que no pararán de luchar hasta que su compañero salga libre.