Tzotzil prisoner starts a fast to demand his freedom from Governor Velasco Coello

** Frayba repeats that the incarceration of Alejandro Díaz Sántiz is unjust

** Indigenous declare a hunger strike in other prisons to demand their freedom

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In a message sent from prison, Díaz Sántiz states: “The bad rulers who exist in our country and State have only been dedicated to harming the whole of society.” Photo: Moysés Zúñiga Santiago

By: Hermann Bellinghausen

Alejandro Díaz Sántiz, a Tzotzil prisoner, in solidarity with the Voice of El Amate, adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle, secluded in prison number five, in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, started an indefinite fast this Wednesday, for 12 hours each day, to demand his freedom from Governor Manuel Velasco Coello.

“I demand anew that the governor fulfil his word which he gave me on July 4, 2013, when he promised to look at my case before the Veracruz authorities and more than a year has passed without any response.”

Meanwhile, the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Centre (Frayba) insisted that he is an “unjustly imprisoned indigenous.”

In a message sent from prison, Díaz Sántiz states: “The bad rulers that exist in our country and the State have only been dedicated to harming the whole of society, as with the disappearances, unjust imprisonments of the individuals who defend the people in different states. We, those who are forced to live in different state prisons, we are called and labelled as criminals, rapists, kidnappers; this is why the prisons are full of innocent people.

“But they are the very ones who commit these crimes that they impute to us. And the bad authorities hold us like hostages, kidnapped for many years without being able to see our humble homes. My case is a clear example, I have been deprived of my freedom for 15 years and five months with this unjust imprisonment.”

As a consequence, he announced that he would be fasting for 12 hours per day, “from six to six, for an indefinite time, as a protest against the injustice that we are suffering in Mexico.” Díaz Sántiz begins this action together with prisoners in different prisons of the country. “Some declare themselves on an indefinite hunger strike for the purpose of continuing to demand true justice and the freedom of all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience.”

At the same time, Díaz Sántiz demanded that the president of the Republic, Enrique Peña Nieto, “free my compañeros. Enough of so many injustices that we Mexicans are suffering.” Finally, he invited: “state, national and international independent organizations to join in demanding true justice and freedom for political prisoners and prisoners of conscience throughout the world.”

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