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October 5, 2012

Professor Alberto Patishtán is taken out of Chiapas for an unknown destination

Filed under: Political prisoners — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 5:47 am

Professor Alberto Patishtán is taken out of Chiapas for an unknown destination

** He left the Vida Mejor Hospital, where he was being treated for a brain tumour, yesterday in an ambulance

** Family members of the indigenous prisoner take it to mean that he was being moved to Mexico City

By: Hermann Bellinghausen

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, October 3, 2012

Relatives of Alberto Patishtán Gómez, an indigenous prisoner from the Other Campaign in Chiapas, reported that this afternoon, at 5 PM, he was moved in an ambulance to the Ángel Albino Corzo Airport from the Vida Mejor Hospital in Tuxtla Gutiérrez. They did not notify them where they were taking him, but one of the guards commented: “where he wanted.” That suggests that he is talking about Mexico City.

In recent days the indigenous professor had indicated in a letter to the governmental authorities his refusal to be cared for in the Tuxtla hospital where, during a previous detention in 2010, he did not receive adequate care and a wrong diagnosis was given. Instead, he asked to receive treatment in the Manuel Velasco Suárez National Institute of Neurology, for a brain tumour that has gradually affected his sight until now he is almost blind.

Patishtán, who has become an important prisoner of conscience and human rights defender in the prisons of Chiapas, has spent 12 years serving a 60-year sentence, accused of involvement in the murder of six state policemen and one municipal policeman in June 2000, on the Simojovel-El Bosque highway. Convinced of his innocence, collectives and social organizations from Mexico and numerous countries have demanded his freedom, as well as personalities like Pablo González Casanova, Luis Villoro, John Berger, Adolfo Gilly and Raúl Zibechi.

Moreover, on learning that the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation accepted the request to study the case, the Chiapas Platform of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) demanded from the Court’s ministers “a resolution strictly according to justice, one which will not remain entrapped in the twists and turns of a deceitful attachment to legality.”

The MPJD also demanded the freedom of the prisoners from the Voice of El Amate,   Solidarity with the Voice of El Amate and of Francisco Santiz López (EZLN support base): “because they are all innocent.”  And, above all, they demanded from “the competent authorities” prompt attention, “so that the necessary surgery can be performed” on the Tzotzil prisoner “in a specialized neuro-ophthalmology centre, not sparing the use of public resources for his adequate treatment.”

In its eagerness to contribute to the construction of peace in Mexico, “crossed by a senseless war and multiple acts of violence of different kinds,” the citizen group adds: “We cannot remain silent about the situation we are experiencing as a result of Patishtán’s imprisonment. As has become known little by little, his imprisonment is emblematic of the government violence that is exercised in Chiapas.”

The MPJD points out: “It is clear that he was sentenced for a murder he did not commit, but which he was accused of for political reasons. He has served 12 years in different prisons and he still has 48 more to go. He has been chained to a hospital bed for six months. On at least three occasions he has been on a hunger strike with other compañeros and several times on a fast to demand the recognition of his innocence.”

Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Thursday, October 4, 2012

En español:

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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