Indigenous Prisoner in Struggle, Alfredo Gómez Lopez, has been freed (Chiapas, Mexico)

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This communiqué comes from the working group, No Estamos Todxs. It celebrates the recent release of Alfredo Gómez Lopez, one of the founding members of the imprisoned Indigenous organizing group, the Voice of Indigenous Resistance. Alfredo was imprisoned for over ten years, with a case based solely on a self-incriminating testimony extracted by torture and deception. Alfredo was and is innocent. We are thrilled he has regained his freedom. The original in Spanish was published by the working group, No Estamos Todxs, and can be found here.

2/21/19

Communiqué regarding the release of Alfredo Gómez Lopez:

Compañeras and compañeros of the National and International Sixth

Compañeras and compañeros of the Network Against Repression and for Solidarity

Compañeras and compañeros of the Networks of Resistance and Rebellion

Compañeras and companñeros of the CNI-CIG

Compañeras and compañeros of the Different Collectives and Organizations

Compañeras and compañeros Defenders of Human Rights

Compañeras and compañeros of the National and International Civil Society

Before anything, we send a rebellious and heartfelt greeting, along with our gratitude, to all of the compañerxs that have walked with us during these years, and to those who have accompanied the struggles of our imprisoned brothers.

Today is a cheerful day for all of those who in their different spaces, collectives, geographies, etc., struggle for life and dignity, against oblivion and for justice.

Yesterday, February 19th, 2019, at 3:30 pm., our compañero Alfredo Gómez Lopez was freed, after serving more than 10 years kidnapped by the state in the CERSS No. 5 of San Cristóbal de las Casas.

Alfredo was unjustly accused of a crime that he did not commit and was tortured for various days. By means of this torture he was forced to sign blank papers, upon which the crime was fabricated. After years of imprisonment, the compañero decided to organize and struggle. Together with two other compañeros, they created the organization, the Voice of Indigenous Resistance. They are adherents of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the EZLN.

Since then, together with Juan de la Cruz Ruiz and Adrián Gómez Jiménez, they have not ceased in their work in defense of human rights from inside of the prison. They have also not ceased in the demand for their own freedom. A product of this struggle is that now our compañero Alfredo is free, demonstrating once again that organization is the only way to achieve justice.

Now it is the turn of our compañero Adrián Gómez Jiménez, who is awaiting his sentence in the following days. For him we also demand immediate freedom. We will not cease in our struggle until the rest of the members of the “Voice of Indigenous Resistance”, and the rest of the unjustly imprisoned compañerxs are free.

UNTIL WE ARE ALL FREE!

Working Group No Estamos Todxs

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