Public Statement Against the Prison Director of CERSS #10 in Comitán, Chiapas


Indigenous prisoner in struggle, Marcelino Ruiz Gomez, denounces the prison director of CERSS No. 10 in Comitán, Chiapas.

October 7, 2019

Comitán, Chiapas, Mexico

Public Denunciation

To the Public

To the National and International Media

To the National and International Sixth

To the Non-governmental Human Rights Defenders

To the Network Against Repression and for Solidarity

To the Believers

To the People of Mexico and the World

My name is Marcelino Ruiz Gomez. I denounce the director of this prison, Alejandro Constantino Hernandez. Today, October 5, my family brought me material for the artisanal bags I make. This is the work I do inside the prison to support myself and my family. We are people with very few resources and I try to move forward in spite of being unjustly imprisoned for fourteen years. This is the only way to sustain myself and my family. The material is nothing illicit and the prison demands that each prisoner works for his social readapation. In my case, I have always been a worker. However, they don’t want to give me my materials unless I pay a 10% tax of the value of the material. This is clear exploitation. It is unjust and is being used as a form of repression in response the protest encampment we have maintained inside the prison, demanding the government and the authorities institute justice and freedom. Our protest is peaceful, just and dignified. We want our voices to be heard. I am struggling little by little to support my children but first I want to earn and receive my profits. The director exploits our work. Thus, I ask the governor, Rutillio Escandon Cadenas and the Sub-secretary of Penal Sanctions and Security Measures to take action on the matter because it is dignified and honest work.

On the other hand, I ask the social organizations, the national and international human rights organizations and the people in general that we struggle against injustice and abuse carried out by the authorities.


Viniketic en Resistencia

Adherent of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the EZLN

Prisoner in Struggle

Marcelino Ruiz Gomez

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