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March 24, 2013

Fighting for Patishtán’s freedom, let’s celebrate his birthday

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Fighting for Patishtán’s freedom, let’s celebrate his birthday

19 April – 4,686 days in prison


In a telephone call on Wednesday 20 March 20, 2013 to the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Centre for Human Rights, Chiapas political prisoner Professor Alberto Patishtán called for a new stage in the quest for justice, and his freedom.

After the unfortunate decision of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) to not reopen his case, the legal issues of the petition of innocence will be resolved before the First Appellate Court of the 20th Circuit in April. Therefore, Patishtán’s family, civic organizations, groups and individuals believe it is important to carry out activities until then demanding his freedom.

In this context we call people to join us in: Fighting for Patishtán’s freedom, let’s celebrate his birthday.

The following actions are proposed (see next page also):

Between 21 March – 15 April we want to send 4,686 letters, one letter for each day Patishtán has been in jail, to the President Minister of the Council of the Federal Judiciary, Juan N. Silva Meza and to Ministers of the 20th Circuit Appellate Court. (sample letters attached).

You can send your letters to the following addresses:

  • Ministro Juan N. Silva Mesa

Consejo de la Judicatura Federal

2.    To the judges of the 21st Circuit Appellate Court


Please copy your letters to:



Also a call to share on social networks:                                                                      

  • On Facebook from Friday March 23 we ask you to change your profile pictures for freedom of Alberto Patishtán. (image appears in Alberto Patishtán Facebook, and we ask that every Friday you invite your friends to join us in this action.
  • On Twitter we would like to add 4,686 retweets for #LibertadPatishtan every Friday, starting 23 March and continuing every Friday, March 29 and 5, 12 and 19 April – Retweet #LibertadPatishtan
  • The proposed hashtag for this Stage is: #LibertadPatishtan
  • From 21 March to 15 April email a photo, a poem, a thought, a picture, a poster etc about Patishtán’s freedom and/or to celebrate his 42nd birthday to or post or take it in person to Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Human Rights Center, Calle Brasil No. 14, Barrio de Mexicanos, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, México, C.P. 29240. Everything you send will be used in a rally on 19 April and all your expressions of solidarity and affection will be given to Patishtán.
  • On 19 April, Patishtán’s birthday, we are calling for simultaneous peaceful mobilization actions, nationally and internationally, demanding his release.

It is important on this day to physically deliver messages to the addresses below:

In México City (D.F) – Consejo de la Judicatura Federal, which oversees the work of magistrates and judges in Mexico, at Insurgentes Sur No. 2417, San Ángel. Álvaro Obregón. C.P. 01000, México D.F.

In Tuxtla Gutiérrez – Primer Tribunal Colegiado del Vigésimo Circuito, at the Palacio de Justicia Federal Edificio “C”, Planta Baja, Ala “A”, Boulevard Ángel Albino Corzo No. 2641.

Global actions and demonstrations can be delivered to embassies and consulates of Mexico in your home countries.

We ask you to notify us of all activities you plan for 19 April, together with a photo and/or video of what you did, to to inform the national media, and to demonstrate all the support for his freedom to Professor Patishtán.

If you would like to know more about the situation of Professor Alberto Patishtán we invite you to visit where you can find information about his case and actions for his freedom.

Más nos parece mejor rebelarnos Y no renunciar ni a la menor alegría Y rechazar firmemente a los inventores de las penas ¡y, por fin, hacernos habitable el mundo!

Bertolt Brecht

Audio of Patishtán at the Press Conference 20 March 2013:


Translation by Wellington Zapatista Support Group





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