Free the prisoners! & Uprising of Dignity: films on Chiapas, Mexico

17/05/2012 19:30
17/05/2012 21:30

EDINBURGH-CHIAPAS SOLIDARITY GROUP

SPECIAL EVENT THURSDAY 17TH MAY

Films for the liberation of political prisoners in Chiapas, Mexico and film “The Uprising of Dignity”, on Zapatista autonomy.

Thursday 17th May 7.30pm at Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh (ACE), 17 West Montgomery Place, Edinburgh EH7 5HA   (junction with Brunswick Rd, near top Leith Walk)

Free/ donation

Organised by Edinburgh Chiapas Solidarity Group

 As part of the global week of action for freedom for the political prisoners Alberto Patishtán Gómez and Francisco Sántiz López, both activists from Chiapas, Mexico, we are showing 3 short films:

"Bringing Down the Prison Walls: Fighting for the Liberation of  Patishtán Gómez and Sántiz López" (8 1/2 minutes)

"Message from South Africa's Shack Dwellers Movement" (4 min.)

Videomessage from the Shack Dwellers Movement regarding Alberto & Francisco

"Message from Brazil's Landless Movement" (6 min.)

Videomessage from the Landless Movement regarding Alberto & Francisco

 Plus

'The Uprising of Dignity' – a 65 minute film explaining the zapatistas journey towards autonomy.  Trailer and info at http://radiozapatista.org/?p=3923&lang=en

 

Followed by questions and discussion.

 

MORE ON THE PRISONERS

 

Alberto Patishtán Gómez was born on April 19, 1971 in the Chiapas municipality of El Bosque. He was arbitrarily deprived of his freedom on June 19, 2000 for crimes he did not commit. Two years later he was sentenced to 60 years in prison. When this injustice took place, Patishtán was very active in the political life of his community. He had been an outspoken critic of the corruption of politicians and political institutions. Despite the horrific prison conditions and his health problems, Alberto continues fighting from inside. Known as Professor Patishtán, Alberto was an elementary teacher at a local public school and during these past 12 years has continued to be an exemplary fighter for justice for his two children, other prisoners, and his compañeros from around the world. Adherent to The Other Campaign since the release of Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, his dignified example teaches us that the rebel spirit cannot be contained.

 

Similarly, since December 2011, our compañero Fancisco Sántiz López, member of the Zapatista Support Base communities since 1992, has been unjustly incarcerated and falsely charged with having lead a confrontation, which occurred in the Banavil community of the Tenejapa municipality of Chiapas, in which a member of the PRI party died. The racist and political character of this incident is obvious. As the Zapatista Good Government Council of Oventic explains, “The fabrication of crimes against our compañero comes from Los Pinos [the Mexican presidency], with the end of destroying the resistance of the zapatista communities; they are trying to impede at any cost the construction of the autonomy of indigenous peoples, it is part of a strategy of low-intensity warfare against our communities in resistance.”

 

Recently, on March 22 of this year, our compañero Francisco, as he was about to be released, was hit with another accusation of another false crime. For this reason, he remains at the moment a political prisoner, despite the fact that witnesses have corroborated the fact that Francisco Sántiz López was not at the site of the confrontation. Additionally, the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Center has published a report indicating the names of those responsible for the murder. Obviously, the truth, much less justice, means little to the authorities.

 

Now is the time to continue increasing the pressure and rebel against so many injustices. We ask that we all join forces, once and for all, to demand that the bad powers of Mexico, particularly the repressors Pres. Felipe Calderón and Gov. Juan Sabines, immediately release our compañeros Alberto Patishtán Gómez and Francisco Sántiz López.

 

“WEEK OF GLOBAL STRUGGLE FOR THE LIBERATION OF PATISHTÁN AND SÁNTIZ LÓPEZ: BRINGING DOWN THE PRISON WALLS”

From Tuesday, May 15 to Tuesday, May 22.

 

Called by Movement for Justice in El Barrio, New York: movimientoporjusticiadelbarrio@yahoo.com

 

More info on Francisco and Alberto http://www.edinchiapas.org.uk/node/388

 

More info on Francisco http://sipazen.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/chiapas-the-oventik-jbg-demands-the-immediate-release-of-francisco-santiz-lopez-zapatista-support-base-as-of-don-lorenzo-lopez-giron/

 

 

MORE ON THE FILM THE UPRISING OF DIGNITY

On the first of January 1994 thousands of indigenous men and women occupied seven cities in the southern Mexican state Chiapas.  The Zapatistas occupied areas owned by large landowners, divided the land between thousands of families and have been building autonomous civil structures ever since.

The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) rebellion was for land rights, health, education, freedom, democracy, peace and justice. The Zapatista movement does not seek to take control of the state. Instead the organisation demanded a profound democratisation of the whole country and a rejection of neoliberal economic policy. The local and national political leaders are still reacting with miltary force, repression and disinformation campaigns.

The EZLN sees its rebellion in a global context and in 2005, launched “The Other Campaign”, the objectives being a new constitution for Mexico and the strengthening of the global resistance to capitalism. In a long term mobilization, independent organizations are to build an extra-parliamentary alliance in order to create a new left and anti-capitalist alternative.

The documentary provides insights into the self-administering structures in the areas of health, education, agriculture and collective work, as well as an explanation of the Zapatista politics. Thirdly, the difficulties are discussed – both within the movement as well as in relation to the government. Contributions are made from scientists, human rights activists and journalists and particularly from women and men from the roots of the Zapatista movement.

Production: Zwischenzeit e.V., Münster, Germany
Contact: zz-colectivo@gmx.net
65 min. – Germany / Mexico 2007 / 2011
Original (Spanish) with subtitles in English

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NEXT EDINBURGH-CHIAPAS SOLIDARITY ORGANISING MEETING

7pm TUESDAY 22nd MAY @ ACE
The Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh, 17 West Montgomery Place, EH7 5HA
ALL WELCOME

 

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FROM EDINBURGH CHIAPAS SOLIDARITY GROUP

www.edinchiapas.org.uk

edinchiapas@yahoo.co.uk

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