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Nov 17, 18

Mexico: Prisoner in Struggle, Alejandro Díaz Santis, Has Been Arbitrarily Transferred

This note speaks to the recent transfer of Indigenous prisoner in struggle, Alejandro Díaz Santis. Alejandro is part of the imprisoned organizing group, “Los Solidarios de la Voz del Amate,” and has been transferred for his organizing activities inside prison.


To the National and International Sixth

To the CNI-CIG

To the EZLN

To the Free Media

To the Compañerxs in Solidarity from Different Corners of the World

We want to let everyone know that our compañero, Alejandro Díaz Santis, was transferred against his will to the Federal Prison Number 15 Villa de Comatitlan. Alejandro is an Indigenous Tzotzil who has been kidnapped by the repressive system of Mexican injustice for more than 19 years. He is a prisoner in struggle belonging to the organization “Los Solidarios de las Voz del Amate”. This is not the first time that he has been transferred to this other Federal Center. Four years ago, and without any legal legitimacy, he was taken to the same place. There, he was forced to spend two years in the extermination center, where both his physical and psychological health suffered gravely.

After various mobilizations, demands, denunciations and the solidarity of many compañerxs, he was transferred back to CERSS No. 5, in San Cristóbal de las Casas, where he has been organizing with other compañeros. We know well that the real motive of his transfer, as was the case previously, is him being a prisoner in struggle, teacher and compañero of other prisoners. The real motive for his transfer is his involvement in organizing, demanding justice and raising his voice. Alejandro together with other organized prisoners within these killing centers, not only struggle for their freedom but also so that the carceral conditions are not so hard for all of the other inmates.

We demand the immediate return of our compañero Alejandro to CERSS No. 5, because in this prison he is closer to his family and friends. We know well that the Federal Centers are places where the level of isolation and constant supervision on part of the authorities weighs heavily upon those deprived of their freedom. We do not believe in the lie of the “rule of law” that only obeys corruption and economic interests at the cost of our bodies. We do not want the arbitrary and cowardice Mexican justice system that does not represent us. We want our compañero close and we want to be fighting side by side with him.

Until we are all free.

Down with the prison walls

Working Group No Estamos Todxs

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Voices in Movement publishes translations and analysis – both contemporary and historical – to share strategy, solidarity and histories of resistance across imaginary divisions of nations and borders. They also author Revuelta Comunitaria, a semi-regular column on It's Going Down addressing social struggles and political repression in the territory of so-called Mexico.

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