Statement from Juan y Adrián, Compañeros Imprisoned in CERESO No. 5, After Fifteen Days of a Hunger Strike (Chiapas, Mexico)

This statement comes from Juan de la Cruz Ruíz and Adrián Gómez Jiménez, two Indigenous prisoners in struggle, after 15 days of a hunger strike. The original in Spanish was published by the Working Group No Estamos Todxs and can be found here.


San Cristóbal de las Casas

March 29th, 2019

To the compañerxs that have been attentive to our case since March 15th and to the media.

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 of the EZLN.

Since March 15th of this year, we have been on an indefinite hunger strike to demand justice and absolute and immediate freedom. The state has had us kidnapped for a decade and above all our human rights have been violated. There are so many irregularities in our cases and there is no evidence against us. We see that public officials do not exercise their profession in an equitable manner. For this reason, we decided to go on a hunger strike, to raise our voices and be heard. Without this action nobody listens to us. Today, public officials have already come to tell us they will check into our cases, telling us to stop the hunger strike. We will not stop this strike because those are pure false promises. We will not stop this hunger strike until we sign for our freedom.

Well comrades, we say goodbye to all of you that are here present and we confirm that we will continue.

Resistance, a hug for everyone.


Adrián Gómez Jiménez

Juan de la Cruz Ruíz