Imprisoned Indigenous Organizing Groups Denounce Harassment of the Imprisoned Population (Chiapas, Mexico)


This letter comes from two imprisoned Indigenous organizing groups in Chiapas, where they speak out in defense of another prison who is currently being harassed by the director of CERESO No. 5. The original in Spanish was published by the Working Group No Estamos Todxs and can be found here.

Communique from the organizations, La Voz de Indígenas en Resistencia y la Voz Verdadera del Amate, both adherents of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation

To the Public

To the Indigenous Governing Council

To the National Indigenous Congress

To the National and International Sixth

To the Mass and Alternative Media

To the Zapatista Army of National Liberation

To the Network Against Repression and for Solidarity

To the Non-governmental Human Rights Defenders

To the Independent Organizations

To the Indigenous Peoples of Mexico and the World

To the Civil Society of Mexico and the World

To compañerxs that follow our political struggle from outside these four walls. To the state, national and international media. To state, national and international journalists and networks of support. We send a combative salute from CERESO #5, our place of organization, our place of struggle against the authorities, our place of political strength. Time is wise. Time gives strength. There are times to be quiet and there are times to speak up. There are times to defend the imprisoned population. There are times to denounce the powerful dragging on time. Time overcomes walls. Time makes federal and state governments known. Those who are currently in the government do not have the capacity to resolve the problems of the Mexican people. They are insensitive before society and they see us prisoners as the scum of society. Rulers who say they are from the left, are in reality oppressive wolves. We have confirmed this with our hunger strike from March 15th to July 28th, 2019. We have since taken a break to recover physically and emotionally. We are still on our feet, gaining strength and power in the face of insensitive powers. We continue on our feet in struggle to defend the imprisoned population. We continue in our encampment inside the prisons and we continue fasting until we achieve our freedom.

Today our duty is to defend the imprisoned population, the oppressed prisoner, the marginalized prisoner, the Indigenous prisoners whose rights are violated by public servants, the threatened prisoner. Today, August 20th, 2019, the inmate Ramón Giovani Utrilla Trujillo came to our encampment to ask for help. He was threatened by José Javier Sánchez Ríos, the director of this prison CERESO #5. He was threatened to be put in general population although his physical well-being was at risk. There are people that don’t like him and those people control the imprisoned population. His only crime is being Alejandro’s brother in law who was the spokesman for CERESO #5. Ramón was also threatened with being transferred to another prison. Mr. Ramón Giovani Utrilla Trujillo, an inmate, has complained to us. He does not want to be moved. We testify that he doesn’t get into trouble, that’s why we give him our support.

The organizations La Voz de Indígenas en Resistencia y La Verdadera Voz del Amate, we make a call on the president of the State Commission of Human Rights, led by Fernando Pérez Robles, and the Sub secretary of Execution of Criminal Sanctions and Security Measures, José Miguel Alarcón, to take action in this matter against this director named José Javier Sánchez Ríos.

Lastly, we invite independent state, national and international organizations as well as defenders of human rights to continue demanding true justice and freedom for political prisoners, justice for the families of the fallen of Acteal, justice for the families of the 43 disappeared students of the rural normal school of Ayotzinapa.

Justice and freedom for Miguel Peralta.

From prison Np. 5 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, the organizations La Voz de Indígenas en Resistencia and La Voz Verdadera del Amate, we send a combative salute to the organized people of Mexico and the entire world that are struggling and resisting against the bad governments of the world. Salute to the Kurdish people.


Adrián Gómez Jiménez

Juan de la Cruz Ruiz

Germán López Montejo

Abraham López Montejo


Ramón Giovani Tujillo

Inmate that have been hospitalized:

Manuel Díaz Hernández

José Mendez Santíz