Communiqué from San Sebastián Bachajón for the liberty of their political prisoners
FROM EJIDO SAN SEBASTIAN BACHAJÓN, ADHERENTS TO THE SIXTH DECLARATION OF THE LACANDON JUNGLE, CHIAPAS, MEXICO. 17 APRIL 2016.
To the Clandestine Indigenous Revolutionary Committee – General Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation
To the Good Government Juntas
To the Indigenous National Congress
To the compañer@s adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle in Mexico and the world
To the mass and alternative media
To the Network for Solidarity and against Repression
To Movement for Justice in El Barrio from New York
To national and international human rights defenders
To the people of Mexico and the world
Today we denounce the three levels of government, demanding that they release to us the political prisoners of San Sebastián Bachajón, Emilio Jiménez Gómez and Santiago Moreno Pérez, imprisoned in CERSS 17 at Playas de Catazajá. Emilio is falsely accused of assault on an Italian tourist in the community of Xanil and Santiago is unjustly accused of aggravated homicide, following acts which took place in the community of La Pimienta, Chilon municipality where members of the PRI attacked him for being part of the supervisory board of the Sixth Declaration of the Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón. They took out his arrest warrant, and confiscated his plot of land and house site, and displaced his family so they have no place to live. Compa Santiago is becoming more unwell because there is no medicine in prison and he is of an advanced age.
Compañero Esteban Gómez Jiménez continues to be a prisoner in Cintalapa De Figueroa, Chiapas (Amate #14), where he has been freed from the unjust charge of qualified homicide but he is still accused of assault on a truck of French tourists. We demand his freedom and that of the others who are imprisoned unjustly because the living conditions inside the penal centre are getting increasingly worse, violating their basic rights and they are living in permanent risk; they are denied access to health services and food, most prisoners are fed by their relatives.
The personal integrity of the prisoners is no longer guaranteed, on several occasions they have denounced violations of their rights, but the government bodies do nothing about it. Apart from being treated inhumanely, they are not being given access to justice as they should be, because the authorities are becoming more corrupt all the time, from the top to the bottom of the system.
Today, human rights are no longer respected. They government are given more respect than the people in society. For this reason, we make a call for the immediate freedom of all of these compañeros political prisoners because they are innocent. Having a commitment to your people does not mean committing a crime; they are imprisoned for their struggles and treated inhumanely, they demand their rights but the government turns a deaf ear.
Most of the people are unjustly imprisoned, their crimes are speaking out and defending their lands because their people are experiencing repression and harassment from the bad government, so we ask for the immediate liberation of these compañeros prisoners and also for the liberation of other political prisoners in Mexico and the world.
From the northern zone of the state of Chiapas the women and men of San Sebastian send militant greetings to all the compañeros, communities and peoples of Mexico and the world who are resisting.
Never again a Mexico without us
Land and Freedom
Hasta la victoria siempre!
Freedom for political prisoners!
Juan Vázquez Guzmán Lives, the Bachajón struggle continues!
Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano Lives, the Bachajón struggle continues!
No dispossession of indigenous territories!
The state police out of our indigenous territory!
Immediate presentation of the disappeared and assassinated compañeros from the Normal School Raúl Isidro Burgos in Ayotzinapa!
Long live the dignified struggle of our Chol compañeros y compañeras from the ejido Tila!
Long live the dignified struggle of our compañeros and compañeras from San Francisco Xochicuautla!
Long live the peoples who struggle for their autonomy and freedom!
JUSTICE FOR AYOTZINAPA, ACTEAL, ABC, ATENCO!