This statement comes from Adrián Gómez Jiménez and Juan de la Cruz Ruíz, two Indigenous prisoners in struggle being held in CERSS No. 5 in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas. Adrián and Juan launched a hunger strike on March 15th, alongside four other prisoners from two other 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 17th, 2019
To the Public
To the CIG Networks of Support
To the Compañerxs of the National and International Sixth
To the Media
To the Network Against Repression and for Solidarity
To the National Indigenous Congress
To the Non-government Human Rights Organizations
To the Independent Organizations
To the People of Mexico and the World
Communiqué of Indigenous prisoners in struggle, Adrián Gómez Jiménez and Juan de la Cruz Ruíz, members of the organization, The Voice of Indigenous Resistance, adherents of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle.
The injustices that we have lived through for many years have caused us to launch an indefinite hunger strike this past March 15th, 2019. We launched this hungers trike because we have continually been humiliated and harassed. The days that we have been on the hungers strike we feel a little tired, but at the same time very motivated. Because with this action we have come to realize that it is necessary to carry out actions so as to be heard. Thus, we continue on the hunger strike.
The director of the prison, Juan José Trujillo, has violated our rights and continues to violate our physical and mental health. We want to be treated with dignity. Enough already of so many functionaries who always harass us!
At the same time, we call on the governor of Chiapas, Rutilio Escandón Cadenas, to take action on this matter and to dictate our absolute freedom as soon as possible.
Lastly, we invite all state, national and international organizations to continue demanding true justice and freedom for all the political prisoners, prisoners in struggle and prisoners of conscience.
Adrián Gómez Jiménez
Juan de la Cruz Ruíz