Alejandro Diaz denounces human rights violations by the new director of San Cristóbal de Las Casas prison
Alejandro Diaz Sántiz, a prisoner in solidarity with the Voz del Amate, adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle who is incarcerated at the San Cristobal de Las Casas prison, reported that "since the arrival of this new director named José Israel López Escandon along with Commander Juan Humberto Pablo Vazquez, our rights and individual guarantees have been violated: there were very regrettable abuses such as intimidations against us and against our family members that come to visit us. They also suffer these violations by the guardians (male and female) by order of the director. "On June 1st, a visit came to see Alejandro Diaz and the entry to the prison was denied. He also questioned the behavior of the custodians that review things "such as food, fruits and vegetables, pozol and tortillas that visitors bring to share with their prisoners. These guardians seize most of the things. For us, as indigenous people, those are elements of our basic alimentation. What they seize gets lost or maybe they consume it. "
He also noted that the discrimination persists "for being indigenous and poor people […] The food they gave us previously has been reduced along with the amount of tortillas. We spoke with meter José Asunción Chacón Mendes but he says that he does not have sufficient resources, that the undersecretary has not deposited funds in the bank and that the supplier was unable to provide the food that was needed in this prison. We know all of these are pretexts ".
Finally, he "called on the President Enrique Peña Nieto and the governor of Veracruz, Javier Duarte de Ochoa to consider my early release because I have been unjustly imprisoned for over 15 years."