A New Charge is brought against Francisco Santiz at the Time of Leaving Prison

** He is accused of carrying firearms for the exclusive use of the military


** The Oventic Junta considers the happening an act of war against the population


By: Hermann Bellinghausen


The Good Government Junta in the Caracol of Oventic, in Los Altos (The Highlands) of Chiapas, denounced that Francisco Santiz López, Zapatista support base, was prevented from leaving prison, when he was set free of the false accusations of participating in a violent death in Banavil ejido, Tenejapa Municipality. “The fabrication of crimes against our compañero comes from Los Pinos [the Mexican White House], for the purpose of destroying the resistance of the Zapatista communities. They are trying to impede the construction of autonomy by the original peoples at any cost. It is part of the plan for low-intensity war against our communities in resistance.”


The Junta refers to the fact that on March 22 they received the news that compañero Francisco, and Lorenzo López Girón, “would leave the State Centre for Social Re-insertion of the Sentenced (CERSS) Number 5.” A “few metres” from leaving the prison, “those that were supposedly releasing him received the news that Francisco cannot leave because he has another federal charge: ‘carrying firearms for the exclusive use of the Army.’”


The Junta admits: “We cannot find now another word for the attitudes of the three levels of bad government, their public ministers (MP, its initials in Spanish), the Attorney General of the Republic and their human rights commissions.” The Junta insists that Santiz López “has nothing to do with what happened in Banavil” and ought to be freed “immediately.” And it declares: “Juan Sabines and Felipe Calderón, who talk so much about justice and respect, are the principal violators of human rights and accomplices of crime.”


When PRI members (PRIístas) from Banavil (Tenejapa) launched an attack on December 4, 2011, “the proprietary judge asked for the weapons that the aggressors used.” Alonso López Ramírez and Diego Méndez López “delivered the weapons that they used; at that same time they sought the way of distancing themselves from responsibility for their violent acts and they said that they were Francisco and Lorenzo’s [weapons].”


The Junta explains that the first [of these two men] is a support base of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) and “his only crime” is “struggling for his pueblo, telling the truth, struggling for true democracy, liberty and justice,” like “all the Zapatistas, and the bad rulers give them a lot of courage, they have a lot of hate for us, therefore they want to get revenge and they make war against us in any form.” To confirm the innocence of Francisco, the Junta has 12 witnesses, and offers their names and signatures.


The substitute judge of Tenejapa had said to Francisco’s family members that when they went for him in the municipal seat “they did not find any weapon,” but detained him on orders of the proprietary judge. Later it was known that he “knows that Francisco does not have any crime and goes around saying that he detained him because of pressures from the Banavil people.” The same inhabitants of the ejido recognize that the caciques ask them for “a lot of donations to give to the judge.” The ejido’s authorities “know who the provocateurs and aggressors are.” Judges, the MP and prosecutors “invent crimes,” the Junta points out. Meanwhile, the official defender “impeded Frayba from seeing the case record.”


The authorities “just go around playing with the bones of the dead (PRIísta), burying and digging up the remains and later the same inhabitants are going to find parts of the skeleton because the same authorities, the caciques and provocateurs know where they have the dead body, a signal that the killer walks among them, thus when the ministerial authorities arrive they take it somewhere else.” Those who do carry weapons for the exclusive use of the Army “are the paramilitaries from different communities,” like Lorenzo Ruiz Gómez, of San Marcos Avilés (Chilón).


For its part, the Frayba reported that Lorenzo López Girón obtained his freedom on March 23, but ever since he was detained on December 4 he has not received medical attention and “two bullets still remain in his body.” They only gave him analgesics in prison. At this time “he cannot walk well and has strong pain.”


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Thursday, March 29, 2012