Solidarity With Chiapas Prisoners

To All Friends of Political Prisoners Everywhere:

Eleven (11) political prisoners in Chiapas, Mexico, started a hunger strike and/or fast on September 29. 2 have already been released and 2 more have joined the protest. Their relatives started the occupation of a section of the main plaza in San Cristóbal de las Casas, where the World Summit of  “Adventure Tourism” begins today! We, the Chiapas Support Committee/Comité de Apoyo a Chiapas, signed a letter to the editor of La Jornada in support of the struggle. It appears in Spanish in today’s edition: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2011/10/17/correo

Solidaridad con presos en Chiapas/ Solidarity With Chiapas Prisoners

(English translation follows below)

Nos solidarizamos con los presos políticos de la Voz del Amate, Solidarios de la Voz del Amate, presos de Mitzitón y Voces Inocentes, adherentes a la Otra Campaña del EZLN, que han iniciado una huelga de hambre y ayuno para lograr su liberación.

Sabemos que se han visto orillados a poner en peligro su vida y su salud para revertir la injusticia y oponerse al poder que encierra, desaparece y mata a los que son pobres, diferentes y tienen la dignidad de luchar contra el sistema de explotación. Vemos en la digna y justa lucha de los presos un paso más hacia la construcción de un mundo donde otros muchos mundos quepan.

Por esto también decimos a ustedes y a sus familiares que resisten en el plantón de la Plaza de la Resistencia, en San Cristóbal de las Casas, que no están solos, desde lejos acompañamos sus pasos y estaremos al pendiente de su situación. Sabemos, por ejemplo, que el mal gobierno los intimida y viola sus derechos al dificultar el ingreso a los penales de médicos, familiares y visitantes.

Responsabilizamos al gobierno de Juan Sabines Guerrero –que tanto se ufana de su protección a los derechos humanos– de lo que pueda sucederles al negarles la atención médica que requieren, pero sobre todo de los daños a su salud física, emocional y mental al prolongar su encierro y su tortura.

Grupo de Solidaridad Zapatista de Wellington (Nueva Zelanda), Red de Solidaridad Zapatista del Reino Unido (Colectivos de Londres, Edinburgo, Glasgow, Bristol, Dorset, Bradford y Manchester), Comité de apoyo a Chiapas (California)

English translation

We are in solidarity with the prisoners from The Voice of El Amate, The Voice of El Amate Solidarity, Mitzitón prisoners and Innocent Voices, all of them adherents to The Other Campaign, that have started a hunger strike and fast in order to obtain their freedom.

We know that they are risking their lives and health in order to obtain justice. Through this peaceful means, they oppose those in power that lock away, disappear, humiliate and kill those who are poor, different and have the necessary dignity to struggle against the exploitative system that perpetuates their condition. We see in their just and dignified struggle, a step towards the construction of a world where many worlds fit.

This is why we want to let the prisoners and their relatives who resist in the occupation of the Plaza of Resistance in San Cristóbal de las Casas know that they are not alone, that from afar we walk with them and that we will remain vigilant to their struggle. We know, for example, that the bad government is trying to intimidate you, violating your rights by not allowing access to the prisons to doctors, relatives and visitors.

We hold the government of Juan Sabines Guerrero –who is particularly proud of his human rights record– responsible for whatever may happen to the physical, mental and emotional health of the prisoners on the hunger strike by denying them the required medical help and through the unnecessary extension of their imprisonment and their torture.

Zapatista Solidarity Group of Wellington (New Zealand), Zapatista Solidarity Network of the United Kingdom (Collectives from London, Edinburg, Glasgow, Bristol, Dorset, Bradford and Manchester), Chiapas Support Committee (California)

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