Mexico City protesters demand freedom for Abraham Ramírez Vásquez

Gabino Cué no different than Ulises Ruiz

The immediate freedom of Abraham Ramírez Vásquez was the demand of around 30 people gathered outside the Oaxaca State Government House in Mexico City on Monday, April 18, 2011.

Abraham, the first political prisoner of the Ulises Ruiz regime was caught redhanded on January 15, 2005. Doing what? Killing? Raping? Looting the town treasury? NO! He was in the middle of a community work project along with a group of 80 people of all ages, from young kids to grandparents, in the town of Santiago Xanica, Oaxaca, when hundreds of judicial and preventive police opened fire on them with high-power weapons. Even though people fought back with rocks and shovels, Abraham was shot in the leg, arrested, tortured and jailed. Six years and three months later, he’s still locked up with no justification whatsoever.

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Letter from Abraham Ramírez Vásquez, March 26, 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011

To all the international organizations that have been concerned about my situation since January 15, 2005, when I was arbitrarily arrested in the municipality of Santiago Xanica.

I’ve been held in captivity 6 years, 2 months, and 20 days; my case is still being processed, but as of now, I have not been sentenced.

In view of  the corruption and injustices still going on in the state of Oaxaca, it is clear that Gabino Cue deceived the communities with his slogan “peace and progress for Oaxaca”.   In the three months that he’s been in office, all he’s done is trample on the autonomy of our peoples, strengthen the PRI, and repress the popular teachers’ struggle.

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Report on the situation in Santiago Xanica, Oaxaca

The task that the International Brigade set for itself has been to listen, understand, relate, and make public what is happening in the community of Santiago Xanica.

Santiago Xanica, March 23, 2011

To the Other Campaign
To the Zezta Internacional
To internationalist collectives and organizations
To human rights organizations
To the organized people

The European Collectives Nodo Solidale (Italia), Zapatista “Marisol” Collective of Lugano (Suiza), and Nomads of XM24 (Italia), which make up the Internationalist Platform for Resistance and Self-Initiative Weaving Autonomies (PIRATA) organized a brigade for the observation of the violation of the rights of native peoples in the municipality of Santiago Xanica, Oaxaca, México, in which activists from France and the Spanish State also participated. The brigade went around the municipality and outlying areas, taking audio and video testimonies of parties affected by violations from Monday March 14 to Monday March 21, 2011.

The task that the International Brigade set for itself has been to listen, understand, relate, and make public what is happening in the community of Santiago Xanica. In recent months the townspeople of Xanica have been denouncing outrageous violations and abuses by PRI party members and power groups against the local Committee in Defense of Indigenous Rights (CODEDI Xanica), Adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, and against the general population.

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Urgent: Letter for the Freedom of Abraham Ramírez Vásquez, Prisoner from Xanica, Oaxaca

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Comrades:

We are sending you a letter that demands the freedom of Abraham Ramirez Vazquez, a prisoner from Santiago Xanica and signatory of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, who is now in prison in Pochutla, Oaxaca.

We went to visit Abraham last week. In view of the fact that a representative of the Gabino Cue government met with OIDHO last Tuesday and agreed to form a commission to consider Abraham’s freedom, promising to do everything possible to this end, Abraham asked us to put as much pressure as possible on the Gabino Cue government, the State Attorney General’s Office and the Elections Tribunal.

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The political prisoners of Santiago Xanica: What do they want? Freedom!

by carolina

Abraham Ramírez Vásquez, Juventino García Cruz and Noel García Cruz, the first political prisoners of the Ulises Ruiz regime in Oaxaca, are from the Zapotec town of Santiago Xanica. The three members of the Committee for the Defense of Indigenous Rights (CODEDI) and the Popular Anti-neoliberal Oaxacan Magonista Coordinating Body (COMPA) were arrested on January 15, 2005, after hundreds of preventive and judicial police opened a crossfire on a group of 80 men, women, children and old people who were unloading bricks from a truck as part of a community work project. Abraham, Noel and Juventino were seriously wounded by gunshots. The people responded to the attack with sticks and stones, but more police came in, dragged the three wounded people out of the clinic, and took them to a house to be tortured by the police. After a few days, they were taken to the Ixcotel prison and then to the prison at Pochutla. Despite their serious wounds, they received no medical treatment until 36 hours after being admitted to the Pochutla hospital.

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Political prisoner Abraham Ramírez begins hunger strike demanding freedom!

x Abraham Ramírez Vásquez

To Josefina Jaime Quiroz, Director General of Sanctions, Oaxaca

I, C. Abraham Ramírez Vásquez, prisoner at the Miahuatlán de Porfirio Díaz Prison, Oaxaca, with all due respect, report the following: Today, March 3, I will have been in the holding cell of the Mihuatlán prison for 31 days, after my transfer from San Pedro Pochutla to this place. Up until now I have not been informed as to the reasons for my transfer. They say that the warden at the San Pedro Pochutla claims that it is because the other prisoners at Pochutla don’t like me. Ever since I was taken to that place along with my comrades Noel and Juventino García Cruz, we have always been known as hard workers and have never had problems with the other prisoners. The only thing that might have bothered the warden were the grievances I sent to your office in strict accordance with my right to petition as guaranteed in Article 8 of the Constitution, seeking dignified treatment for the prison population: medicine, improvements in the conjugal visits area, repairs of showers and toilets, sources of work, food (it may seem like a joke but there’s not even a dining room here) and education, in keeping with Article 18 of the Constitution, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Possible State Kidnapping of Abraham Ramírez Vásquez

To the people of Mexico
To the peoples of the world
To the alternative news media

On Saturday, January 31, at 6:00 p.m. a heavily armed commando unit of the Oaxaca state police went into the San Pedro Pochutla prison and took our indigenous comrade and political prisoner Abraham Ramírez Vásquez away in a white van with no license plates to an unknown address. Abraham and two other indigenous men, Juventino and Noel García Cruz, have been held prisoner since January 15, 2005, under the direct orders of the murderer Ulises Ruiz Ortiz (URO). Our comrades’ crime was defending their forests and their traditional practices and customs. For more than 4 years, the URO government has been unable to prove that they committed the crimes they are accused of, and accordingly, they have not been sentenced. Our comrades are members of the Committee for the Defense of Indigenous Rights (CODEDI) of Santiago Xanica, a member organization of the Magonista-Zapatista Alliance (AMZ), the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO), and adherent to the Other Campaign.

It’s important to note that Abraham Ramírez is a man of deep libertarian and human convictions, which have motivated him more than once, even from inside the prison, to struggle against the prison authorities for prisoners’ rights.

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