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Have you heard of Mario González?

16 Nov

Life isn’t fair many times. Especially if you’re fighting to make it fair. There are odds that, possibly, that fight will end up against you. Still, human beings struggle for their goals and tend to never give up, depending on the strength of their spirit. This was the case of Alberto Patishtán, of whom I’ve spoken many times in the past, and it seems it is now the case of a new political prisoner who was just recently incarcerated for no reason at all.

His name is Mario González.

I will summarize it because it’s a recent event and I don’t have lots of info outside of what I’ve readed and understood. It all began in October 2nd, in this very year. Or better said, a little before than that: he was a known activist that would protest in front of the UNAM (Mexico’s Autonomous National University) and would, naturally, anger the rector and the people receiving pressure from the student marches that erupted in the past year. Anyways, returning on the October day… He was, alongside other youngsters, on a bus, on its way around Mexico’s City downtown. Suddenly, a bunch of cops raided in, beat everybody up inside with the excuse of an “inspection”, and arrested many of the passengers, accusing them of “disrupting peace” as they were the usual “f***ing anarchist thrashers” from these days; the ones attending the recent raids and marches against the government.

Just like with Patishtán, they were held against their will for many hours, charged them, they had no right to have a lawyer and were forced to pay their bail to walk outside the prison despite commiting no crime.

Everything seems fine so far, right? I mean, they paid, they were just in prison for some hours, the judge let them go…

Well, yeah. Except that, minutes later, they decided they were “socially dangerous” and returned to prison in the very same morning they were about to walk outside. This time, though, they would have to pay sentence, despite having paid already the bail. Naturally, this enraged Mario and he’s now doing a hunger strike, protesting for his freedom.

He’s been this way since October, and he’s, according to this, getting worse everyday. His case reminded me of several Palestinian political prisoners, specifically Samer Issawi’s hunger strike, yet I believe that several of these men have survived their strike and even walked out in success. Mario Gonzalez might not run with the same luck. Why? Well, it’s really embarrassing to remind to the other people about the horribly corrupt State which is destroying my country, Mexico… They’re not really fond of the “anarchist thrashers”.

I couldn’t find English articles for all of you to read, but I hope that they can appear soon so you can understand a bit his case. I want to share this story so it can be readed by many people around the world and help pressure the terribly corrupt State from here which is slowly killing us all.

No more hunger strikers in the world!


Patishtán: Free Man

2 Nov

This will be a short and fast post, just wanting to comment that Alberto Patishtán, of whom I spoke once in the past, is now free! This is due to a bill that broadens pardons when the trials contain evidence of human rights violations, and although I am a bit suspicious of this bill (let’s face it: now they’re finally freeing a man after above a decade of protests?; obviously, this bill will be for something else too), I am just glad this finally returned the freedom of an innocent civilian like Patishtán. Perhaps the sole disgusting fact of this news is how they keep using this sentence: they “pardoned” Patishtán. Why can’t they use, just once in their life, the sentence “We’re sorry, Patishtán”? It’s not him who should apologize: it’s them. This is some serious case of totalitarian vocabulary and linguistics…but I might speak of this in another post, so let’s not digress. Specially because I think we seriously needed some good news–some hope that humanity’s not lost–and this raised the spirits of many people who fought for Patishtán.

I would like to also comment how we’re starting this new 10s decade in this Two Thousands with this glimmer of hope. Not only finally people are awakening and fighting back against oppression and unfairness, but the governments–the ones ran by the dehumanized people–are also feeling the pressure from the public. They can’t fight with the same might from before. And I have faith that this is the signal that other political prisoners, like Mumia Abu Jamal and Chelsea Manning, might receive pardons and be freed in some time. But this will only happen when we add more pressure to the governments via signs, protests and alternative media.

I have faith this will be the first of many good news to come if the struggle keeps going.


Have you heard of Alberto Patishtán?

22 Sep

Blame my weak childhood memory from the beginning of this 2000s, but you could say that we began this century with not a huge knowledge or interest in the struggle of several political prisoners around the world, perhaps due to many distractions. And in the beginning of this new 10s, mostly due to the expansion of info-sharing and (in my opinion) due to Chelsea Manning’s case, we’re finally closer to the fights of the freedom of other people who also got unjustly behind the bars. It wasn’t until recently when I discovered about Mumia Abu Jamal’s case, for example, and his interesting little articles written from prison. And there are many who got behind bars just because they weren’t of the like of the governments. But I would like to mention one in particular who recently got a brief spotlight in Mexico, as they just reopened his case with hopes of finally clearing his name after thousands of proofs of his innocence.

His name is Alberto Patishtán.


A tzotzil teacher who wasn’t even in the wrong place or in the wrong time when a crime in his town happened. He was, actually, in his respective place in his respective time. Thing is, they didn’t care.

You can read an article of his whole case in here: http://upsidedownworld.org/main/news-briefs-archives-68/4231-the-case-of-alberto-patishtan-gomez-and-the-culpability-of-the-mexican-state-we-are-governed-by-injustice.

But just to resume the whole story… One guy got shot in the south of the country, and the sole survivor of the whole ordeal pointed Patishtán as the responsible one out of pressure. And Patishtán got jailed without a warrant, without a lawyer and without a translator, despite the huge amount of witnesses and proof that he was in his school while the whole crime happened. The teacher received a maximum of 60 years as a punishment and, according to this, was severely tortured in the prison and neglected when his health deteriorated—and which keeps deteriorating—and needed a surgery.

The proof and the witnesses indicate he’s innocent, and that he’s kept in there for not being precisely the government’s favourite person in the world. Amnesty International has pointed out the serious flaws in his trial and many social movements claim for his freedom, as… Well, frankly, he’s not the sole case of unfair treatment and imprisoning. But it’s enough that, in the world, we don’t have lots of justice towards minorities, rural people, etc., and even worse when the very prisoner’s having health issues that needs to be treated. Issues neglected by the authorities who couldn’t care about this man.

And as I said, his case was reopened recently to check the new proof and give a new verdict. As you can guess, the authorities said “There’s not enough proof”. And he’s still jailed, mistreated and forgotten by the people who should be the first ones to remember him. And just to add some salt and lemon to the wound, around the same time, they released in another state a drug lord from the north, who was a proven killer, by the same sentence: “There’s not enough proof”. And days later, everybody said immediately that was the worst decision. Ever. This irony’s so awful, it’s not even funny.

I am sharing this story to the world, so everybody can pressure the authorities, reopen once more the case, accept the evidence of his innocence, and finally make real justice towards this man. I will thank you if you can read his case, share and sign to help this man gain freedom, specially because his health’s not the best nowdays, as he has spent so far 13 years in prison in not the very best conditions of all.

We’re living a massive awakening in this century. Let’s wake up everybody so the unfairness can disappear once for all.


To read the English documents referring to Patishtán’s case, click on the image and check them out.