This letter comes from Indigenous prisoner in struggle Adrián Gómez Jiménez, of the imprisoned Indigenous organizing group, the Voice of Indigenous Resistance. Adrián was recently sentenced to 20 years, having already served 15 years without a sentence. The original in Spanish was published by the working group, No Estamos Todxs, and can be found here.
To the Public
To the Media
To the CIG Networks of Support
To the National and International Sixth
To the Non-governmental Human Rights Defenders
To the People of Mexico and the World
Compañerxs that have visited us inside these four walls that separate us from our families, from our cold cells, we send you a cordial and combative salute. On part of myself, Adrián Gómez Jiménez, I send a cordial and combative salute to the different organizations and people in struggle and resistance. I am a member of the organization, the Voice of Indigenous Resistance, adherent of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the EZLN. I am being held in prison No. 5 of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.
Today, March 5th is a special day for me. Today marks one more year of my life. Thirty-eight years in existence. Unfortunately I am imprisoned by the judicial powers of the state of Chiapas. The state has held me kidnapped since 2004. They have unjustly robbed me of my freedom. I am paying for a crime I never committed. The “offended” never have presented evidence in this first criminal court of local jurisdiction, and regardless, the judge César Rodríguez Robles condemned me to 20 years in prison. I was sentenced in spite of my process having already lasted 15 years. The judicial power has attacked my human rights. The judge of this court sentenced me without basis, because there is no evidence against me.
Today, March 5th, I am made even sadder. Since my detention, 15 years have passed in prison without celebrating my birthday. The state has taken me from my family my friends, my cousins, and other close family members. The supposed center of social reinsertion and the supposed justice is purely false. There is no justice for poor and Indigenous people. Justice is bought and sold. Those that have money offer payments to bribe public officials and then they go free, even if they confessed to the crimes.
That is why I call on the organizations that walk to the left to continue demanding what is just because there are many innocent Indigenous people that are accused and sentenced.
From prison number 5 in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Adrián Gómez Jiménez, member of the organization, the Voice of Indigenous Resistance. I send a combative salute to those who are resisting and struggling against the bad governments and a salute to the political prisoners and prisoners of conscious.
Uniting the voices and forces of the Mexican people, true justice will be achieved.
Adrián Gómez Jiménez