Link to video of the interview: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x9steq_entrevista-a-trinidad-ramirez-atenc_news Maria Trinidad Ramirez Interview Popular Front for Land Defence San Salvador Atenco, Mexico I want to tell you that we have 12 partners prisoners sentenced from 32 years to 112 years of prison I am wife of Ignacio del Valle prisoner of a maximum security prison of El Altiplano and sentenced to 112 years of prison. I am also mother of America del Valle Ramirez, currently prosecuted by the mexican state And what is your husband current legal situation? The legal situation is the sentence he faces of 112 years for the facts/events of February, April and 3th and 4th of May, 2006 Nowadays, there are still pending four arrest orders, but still He can seek for protection for the two sentences he has received, and to apply this protection against the arrest orders. Thus, nowadays what we are demanding the transfer from the maximum security prison to a medium security prison Are there other persons that have already been released, aren't there? Yes, yes For the same charges, now prisoners are Ignacio, Felipe and Hector Galindo in the maximum security prison and but for the same charges was released our comrade Bernardino Cruz Cardona who was in the same conditions for almost 3 years was prosecuted and there is another comrade who is Adan Espinoza Rojas who similarly should have been released but He was arrested for another charge a minor charge, considerable minor than kidnapping Then, today we say that if Bernardino and Adan were accused of the same charges The same charges that Ignacio, Felipe and Hector have, the same and also the same days, 8th February, 6th April and 3th and 4th May identical for them, the same decision applied to Bernardino and later to Adan cases should have been applied for the others but instead of saying they will also be released today they say, it is ready the order to execute the arrest orders for other 4 charges for Ignacio and 3 other charges for Felipe and Hector And, the your house situation that was going to be seized ? what is the current status? Currently, 24th June, the order will arrive, I did not believe that was true, I even smiled, how do they require him, if Ignacio is in El Altiplano and I did not pay much attention. However, when the lawyer knew, immediately, He attended this issue, and on 25th June we were in court, where Ignacio was required and what the woman, the chair of public finances said that She was surprised by this, it was the first time during the time She has been working, she has never received a similar case To pay 150,000 mexican pesos for damages on 3rd and 4th May for the sentence of 45 years more in prison However, the lawyer appealed saying it is illegal This was an order released by a First Instance District Judge of the Mexican State But there is not a document that states the senteced has been executed that was the appeal of the lawyer However, if Ignacio is required, why they do not send the order to El Altiplano, they know where He is He is not in his house, if Ignacio needs to respond to that order, then He can be notified there in the prison Then, it was agreed that during this process, the woman, Monica is her name, or Veronica, she was going to keep the document and we were going to have more time However, as always We do not belive in the authorities, because if this was something in our favor, for example to solve the protection requests for the comrades prisoners at El Molino de Flores why that takes so long ? 3 or 4 months they have been saying but because this is against us this can be done in 1 week in 2 weeks perhaps yes in one month but it is true that if the payment is not done, more than 150,000 mexican pesos they will seize the house then, what we can do is to confront this with the legal resources that the lawyer has to demonstrate that this is illegal I would like to add something and precisely the current situation of the prisoners is that we have 3 prisoners in El Altiplano but we have 9 in the prison Molino de Flores with sentences of almost 32 years and for them the seek of protection against the sentences has been submitted and now we only have to wait 3 or 4 months or as long as the authorities want However, I also want to say, that the conflict began on the 22nd October, 2001 we then had the facts of the 3rd and 4th of May, 2006 and now with our comrades imprisoned, the prosecution of our comrades and our sons and daughters now the National Water Comission (CONAGUA in spanish) is now buying land in Atenco to develop anothe project, they have another project another project, that they say will benefit the hidrology of the place of the area and now, from 2001, they arrived saying to pay $7.20 (�0.32) per land metre now, they are paying $157 (�7.8) per land metre of terrain and at this amount, people is taking the option of selling because they have been told that their land cannot be planted, that there is much salt that will not be useful that is better if they sell and become associate of this project However, this is not true, it is only a trick because in Santa Isabel Ixtapa part of the Atenco Municipality they arrived saying to sell the land, the people is convinced, only some of them received the payment and then they take $200,000 as payment for legal documentation $200,000 for these documents and then to rest of the people they only pay part of the amount and the people is subscribed in a trust fund to be paid in 20 years so they will be paid in 20 years then, once again the trick, the trick, and it is not possible that our comrades, that our people do not realize how the government is always lying It is not possible that we have had in 2001 that we defended our land with our life and now, easily, people accept the money, without caring about the prisoners who are in jail because they were loyal to the cause, standing with dignity, defending their land, that is unbelievable, however is happening, and now we say to CONAGUA, once again, because they are saying the water wells need maintainance, we say that if they are going to do this, is their obligation, but we will not allow they take not one metre of our Atenco, We will not allow this if they way We have people imprisoned Yes, We have, and We are not negotiating their freedom in exchange of our land Because our partners, Ignacio, Felipe and Hector have said, We will stay in jail but the land, the land should be kept for our children We are already in prison but the Atenco people do not have any guarantee that when they sell our land we will be released Thus, we do not want to give up our land Our land is our mother and a mother cannot be sold we love and defend our mother then, sell those without mother Thanks to all brothers and sisters! Zapata is Alive! The Struggle continues! Zapata is Alive! is Alive! When people stands for bread, freedom and land the powerful will tremble, from the coast to the mountains When people stands for bread, freedom and land the powerful will tremble, from the coast to the mountains Atenco is Alive! The struggle continues! Atenco is Alive! The struggle continues! Alexis is Alive! The struggle continues! People is Alive! Political prisoners! Freedom! Political prisoners! Freedom! Freedom! Freedom! For the prisoners who struggled! Freedom! Freedom! For the prisoners who struggled! Thanks brothers and sisters!