November 12, 2009
Frayba Press Release No. 37This Human Rights Center has received information from adherents to the Other Campaign from the ejido of Jotolá, municipality of Chilón, about the imminent risk of aggression by members of the Organization for the Defense of Indigenous and Peasant Rights (OPDDIC in its Spanish acronym), and possibility of irreparable injury to their lives and physical integrity. (Despite their name OPDDIC are state sponsored paramilitaries)
Following the testimony of members of the Other Campaign of the ejido, Juan Cruz Méndez, Guadalupe Cruz Méndez, Rogelio Cruz Méndez and Agustín Hernández Sántiz, (who were detained November 3rd, 2009, by the ministerial police, for their participation in the aggressions against a human rights lawyer on September 18, 2009) were liberated yesterday, November 11th , 2009, from the prison, the State Center for Social Reinsertion of the Sentenced, No. 14, “El Amate” (CERSS. No 14, El Amate). Following their liberation the men returned to the community of Jotolá at 11pm.
This Human Rights Center insists to the Governor Juan Sabines Guerrero that this recent event confirms the use of the Justice System to repress social protest and maintain impunity in the case of the political prisoners Jerónimo y Antonio Gómez Saragos. This repression also serves to protect paramilitary groups.
This past 18th of September, 2009, residents of the ejido Jotolá, adherents to the Other Campaign along with Ricardo Lagunes (employee of the Human Rights Center) were attacked with firearms, stones and sticks.
Considering these recent events, corresponding denouncements were made to the Public Minister, who solicited an order of apprehension from the Judge Carlos Alberto Bello Avendaño, second district court judge in Tuxtla Gutierrez. This order was solicited for the crime attempted homicide, denial of liberty, and injury. This past November 3rd , as a result of the authorization of the order of apprehension, Juan Cruz Méndez, Guadalupe Cruz Méndez, Rogelio Cruz Méndez y Agustín Hernández Sántiz were detained. However, yesterday, the second district court judge liberated the four aggressors. This act of liberation took place in the face of the continued imprisonment of the (Other Campaign) Gómez Saragos brothers in CERSS No. 14, El Amate, in the municipality of Cintalapa, Chiapas.