Free the young indigenous from Bachajón who allege torture during their detention

Free, the young indigenous from Bachajón who allege torture during their detention

Juan Vázquez Guzmán

Juan Vázquez Guzmán

By Aldabi Olvera

Juan Antonio Gómez Silvano, Mario Aguilar Silvano and Roberto Gómez Hernández, adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), were released on Tuesday 18th August from Cereso 12 in Yajalón, Chiapas, in compliance with amparo 1456/2014 in which it is recognized that their rights were violated when they were arrested.

The three young Tseltales from Bachajón (none over 24 years old) were captured in the early morning of September 16, 2014. The same police officers who arrested the youths asserted that the youths attempted to murder them [the police], which was never proved.

In the resolution of the amparo, of which Más de 131 obtained a copy, we read that the agents did not fulfil "their obligation" to put the detainees immediately under ministerial authority, as required by the law, but presented them 9 hours later.

"Especially since the complainants argue that the Municipal Police of Chilon, Chiapas, inflicted acts of torture on them in order to incriminate them" says the text of the resolution issued in the First District Court of Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz.

And it continues:

"It did not pass unnoticed by the undersigned that in the ministerial procedure of September 16, 2014, the investigating prosecutor gave evidence of the injuries to the physical integrity of the accused".

This reporter visited the three indigenous a few days after they were arrested. During a talk that lasted two hours, they gave their testimony in Tseltal. Their faces showed severe bumps and scrapes.

As Más de 131 has documented on several occasions, the Tseltal indigenous adherents to the Sixth fear that, in the area around the waterfalls of Agua Azul, which are adjacent to their territory, a tourist resort complex is being set up which will gradually displace them. Since they began their struggle, the adherents to the Sixth have suffered the murders of two of their spokespeople: Juan Vázquez Guzmán (2012) and Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano (2013).

The adherents still have three other prisoners: Esteban Gómez Jiménez, Santiago Moreno Pérez and Emilio Jiménez Gómez.

In the communiqué, the Tseltales also condemn the release of Carmelino Rodríguez Jiménez and Javier López Rodríguez, belonging to the CIOAC-H and imprisoned for the murder of the Zapatista votán José Luis Solís, “Galeano”, in 2014.



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