This communiqué comes from the Imprisoned Indigenous organizing group, The Voice of Indigenous Resistance, declaring their participation in the indefinite hunger strike being carried out in various prisons in the state of Chiapas. The original in Spanish was published by the working group, No Estamos Todxs, and can be found here.
Cereso No. 5
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas
March 15th, 2019
Communiqué of the Indigenous prisoners in struggle of the organization, The Voice of Indigenous Resistance, and the organization, The True Voice of the Amate, both adherents of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the EZLN and prisoners in struggle.
To the Zapatista Army of National Liberation
To the National and International Civil Society
To the National and International Media
To the National and International Sixth
To the National Indigenous Congress, CIG
To the Nongovernmental Human Rights Organizations
To the Independent Organizations
To the People of Mexico and the World
Compañeros and compañeras; brother and sisters that follow us from outside these prison walls, for many years and centuries the bad governments have caused much pain, injustice, abuse and have deprived many innocent Indigenous people of their freedom.
For example, the public prosecutor tortured us. Together with their judicial agents they tortured us in different ways in order to force us to sign for crimes that they fabricated against us in the public prosecutor’s office.
We incriminated ourselves after so much torture. We capitulated because we felt as we were going to die. We experienced three days and three nights of torture and our bodies could no longer resist. And with this evidence obtained through beatings, we were ordered to prison and up to the moment the state has maintained us kidnapped. And because of the injustice by the bad system of judicial power we unjustly suffer as prisoners in the penitentiaries, paying a sentence of many years for crimes we didn’t commit. They have killed our norms, our dreams. They have taken us away from our families and they have destroyed our lives.
The public functionaries of this prison have continued to throw anomalies at us.
Therefore, today March 15th, 2019, the members of the organization, The Voice of Indigenous Resistance, and the organization, The True Voice of the Amate, both adherents of the Sixth Declaration of the Lancandon Jungle of the EZLN and prisoners in struggle, we will peacefully go on an indefinite hunger strike because of the injustice. As humble Indigenous people, enough already of so much humiliation, harassment and marginalization. We do not have a voice or a vote because the powerful see us as the scum of society. For these motives and reasons, we decided to carry out this action so that our voices and petitions can be heard. We have six important points for the well being of the population in this prison No. 5 because our rights have been trampled as human beings.
At the same time, we hold responsible the governor of Chiapas, Rutilio Escandón Cadenas, for our lives. We demand justice, absolute and immediate freedom to all of the political prisoners in struggle.
We also know that on April 24th and 25th of this year, the Mexican government will sit before the United Nations to account for the violation of human rights that the government has committed and continues to commit. We equally know that the method of torture to obtain information and self-incrimination—the method they used against us—is totally illegal. We are forced to turn to the United Nations.
Lastly, we invite all the independent state, national and international organizations to continue demanding true justice and freedom for the political prisoners in struggle and prisoners of conscience throughout the world.
Uniting the voices and forces of the Mexican people, true justice will be achieved.
Adrián Gómez Jiménez
Juan de la Cruz Ruiz
We are also in solidarity with compañero Juan Pablo Díaz Jiménez, who is in solidarity with our group, the Voice of Indigenous Resistance, adherent of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the EZLN. Juan Pablo is also a resident prisoner here, and we also demand his prompt acquittal.