After Two Weeks of a Hunger Strike, Imprisoned Compañeros in Comitán Sew Their Mouths Shut (Chiapas)

This communiqué comes from the hunger striking Indigenous prisoners of the organization, Viniketic in Resistance, who have decided to sew their mouths shut to symbolize their demands not being heard. The original in Spanish was published by the Working Group No Estamos Todxs and can be found here.


Comitán de Domínguez, Chiapas

Communiqué from the Indigenous Prisoners of the Organization Viniketik in Resistance

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 Non-Governmental Human Rights Organizations

To the Network Against Repression and For Solidarity

To the Independent Organizations

To the People of Mexico and the World

March 29, 2019

Compañeros and compañeras, brothers and sisters in struggle held behind these four walls. We have already been on a hunger strike now for two weeks and we feel weak with stomach pain.

Today, March 29th, after fifteen days of a hunger strike, we have sewn our mouths shut to symbolize how the governor of the state of Chiapas, Rutilio Escandón Cadenas, has not heard our voices.

Maybe because we are humble, poor and Indigenous and for him we are not of much value. We still do not have a response from him.

Our struggle will continue. We will continue demanding our immediate, absolute and unconditional freedom. Because for many years we have endured injustice.

We hold responsible the governor of Chiapas, C. Rutilio Escandón Cadenas, for our lives and all that happens to us because he is in charge of providing a solution.


Organization Viniketik in Resistance

On Hunger Strike:

Marceloino Ruíz Gómez

Baldemar Gómez Hernández

In Struggle:

Juan Pérez Álvarez

Hipólito Jiménez Cruz