Campaign Free Luis Fernando Sotelo
To the compañerxs in solidarity
Regarding Luis Fernando Sotelo Zambrano
On February 6th of this year, the collective Los otros Abogadoz submitted a direct Writ of Amparo against the latest decision of the Fourth Criminal Court of Mexico City. The Amparo was again turned to the Second Collegiate Criminal Court of the First Circuit which leaves our compañero in a state of complete powerlessness, as this was the same court that knew of the previous Amparo and negated the freedom of Luis Fernando. They have thus made clear their opinion that the criteria of Article 362 of the penal code for Mexico City is constitutional, although we know that this criminal code is utilized to politically persecute the social movement.
Thus, the solidarity lawyers have solicited the supreme court to exercise their jurisdiction and resolve the Amparo of Luis and pass down a ruling of the unconstitutionality of Article 362. This is essential, not only for the freedom of our compañero, but for the political-judicial struggle that for years we have undertaken against the persecution and criminalization of social protest.
In light of the above, we call on everyone, each one of the organizations, collectives and compañerxs in solidarity, to organize a last effort in search of the absolution and immediate freedom of our compañero. It has already been 3 years and 5 months that Luis Fernando has been kidnapped by the state. He has continued resisting, knowing that outside there are those that organize, resist and struggle for his freedom and for the freedom of all of the prisoners. Those of us who recognize Luis as our compañero in struggle should not only show their solidarity in a speech or banner, but with the responsibility that comes with calling ourselves compañerxs. It is the moment to connect and gather all our forces, as this is the final resource within the judicial process. It is our turn politically, not to abandon him, but to accompany him. We need to apply pressure and raise our voice, so that the supreme court sees that he is not alone, that the force of the lawyers is backed with social organization.
As such, we convoke:
A broad meeting for the absolute freedom of Luis Fernando Sotelo Zambrano
Thursday, March 22 at 6:00 pm in Casa Tamatz (Fray Juan de Torquemada #76. Second floor. Colonia Obrera. A couple blocks from Metro Chabacano)
To generate an action plan that, accompanying the legal route, seeks to achieve the freedom of our compañero knowing that the legal resources are depleted, that time is up and as such so are the possibilities of the absolution of our compañero.
We thus add to the call of Los otros Abogadoz, and we convoke a national and international campaign of letters, emails, phone calls and statements directed to:
Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación
Pino Suárez No. 2, Colonia Centro, Delegación Cuauhtémoc, CP 06065,
México, Ciudad de México.
With this campaign we want to make clear the injustice with which our compañero has been treated, where Miguel Angel Mancera has fabricated a case against him without any evidence. We also recognize the important of declaring the unconstitutionality of Article 362 for being an arm of repression against protest. We want the judicial officials to take account of the relevance of the matter. Since they can respond to this request at any moment, it is thus necessary to intensify this campaign in the next two weeks.
In this last step, we will not leave our compañero alone, more than ever we need to unify our voices and actions, fully committing ourselves to the ethical and political responsibility that we have in calling him our imprisoned compañero and not giving up in the struggle for the freedom of all and each of our compañerxs.
For the absolute freedom of Luis Fernando Sotelo
Let the rage unite!
Let the wind blow!
Let the storm, the campaign to free Luis Fernando Sotelo, intensify!
Translated from the original here: http://kehuelga.net/spip.php?article5631