Freedom for Luis Fernando Sotelo now on INDEFINITE HUNGER STRIKE”
The State jailed our compañero Luis for 33 years for ‘damaging property’ at the Third Global Day for Ayotzinapa Protest, two years ago. Accused of burning a bus Luis has been victimised and demonised in yet another atrocity by the ”terrorist” State.
LETTER OF LUIS FERNANDO SOTELO, POLITICAL PRISONER: “I’M ASSUMING AN INDEFINITE HUNGER STRIKE”
Secondly. I invite you to reorganize the forces, as a means to continue the visibilization of the rebellions and resistances against the system of domination and against the contemporary state of affairs.
Secondly (second point). I publically declare that since September 28 of this year, I have assumed an indefinite hunger strike. The motives for this are to recover myself and my sense of life.
– A salute to the strikes and protests on part of the prisoners of the United States
– A hug to the revolts in response to the police brutality against the black communities
– A salute to the struggle and also the strikes carried out from the Reclusorio Norte by Abraham Cortés Ávila and Fernando Barcenas, the hunger strike of Jessie Montaño and the struggle and fast of Miguel Peralta Betanzos in the state of Oaxaca.
Thirdly. I reaffirm adherence to the ethical principles of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle
Because of all this I want to share: Against the systemization of terror, and furthermore, the criminalization of my life, I do not have fear. I maintain my comradery with the Sixth. I send my salute also to the work of the network against repression and for solidarity.
Never more a Mexico without us!
For all of the liberties—of below and to the left!
The rage will be the same that supplies the wind and that initiates the storm!
Hugs, with love to Fernando Sotelo Zambrano
Freedom for Luis Fernando Sotelo
By: Gloria Muñoz Ramírez
Not content with lying about the whereabouts of the 43 normalistas from Ayotzinapa, the State incarcerates those who, like Luis Fernando Sotelo,  don’t keep quiet and go out in the streets to demand the truth. Two years of impunity about Ayotzinapa, not one intellectual author incarcerated and a sentence of 33 years and five months of prison for the 21-year old youth, accused of attacks on the “ways of communication” and against the public peace, and also of property damage in a legal process replete with irregularities.
Luis Fernando was also sentenced to pay a fine of $519, 815 pesos (around $26,000 dollars) and reparation of the damage, which rises to more than 8 million pesos. In this sentence, the collective Los OtrosAbogadoz  warns, “one clearly observes the vengeance, hate and contempt that the head of Government (Miguel Ángel Mancera) has against students, above all the youths that think differently, that question and are opposed to the injustices and bad decisions of the current ruler.”
In November 2014, scarcely two months after the disappearance of the 43 normalistas, Luis Fernando was dressed in black, with short hair and a crest painted green. He was dressed up as a rebel when he was arrested and accused of burning the Metrobus station and a bus in University City. He was arrested together with another young man, Sergio Pérez Landeros, who the Metrobus driver and the agents implicated in the detention pointed out as authors of the fire. Sergio proved that he was at his school at the time of the acts and he was released. But Luis Fernando remained in prison and was sentenced this week. He is 21 years old and they sentenced him to stay in prison until he is 52. And yet the Public Ministry is in disagreement and is appealing for more years and more money.
The Los Otros Abogadoz collective considers that the Public Ministry fabricated the accusation, altered the facts and omitted evidence. The lawyers indicate that it’s “about finding Luis Fernando guilty to send an exemplary message and punishment to all those that decide to get organized and to protest: youths, students, teachers, indigenous, street venders, districts and all those that resist below and organize.”
On September 28, Luis Fernando and Abraham Cortés (prisoner in Reclusorio Norte) initiated an indefinite hunger strike in protest of the unjust sentence. A national and international campaign accompanies them demanding their freedom.
 Luis Fernando Sotelo is the young man referred to in the recent CNI & EZLN Communiqué Party to War and Resistance #44. He is an adherent to the EZLN’s 6th Declaration.
 Los Otros Abogadoz translates as The Other Lawyers. “The Other” seems to refer to the EZLN’s “Other Campaign,” which is no longer in existence; however, it also implies adherence to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle. The use of “z” instead of “s” to pluralize abogado (lawyer) also indicates adherence to the Sixth Declaration.
Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee
The State jailed our compañero Luis for 33 years for ‘damaging property’ at the Third Global Day for Ayotzinapa Protest, two years ago.
Accused of burning a bus Luis has been victimised and demonised in yet another atrocity by the ”terrorist” State. This is not exaggeration, the State really has condoned mass murders and disappearances and everyday torture of prisoners and opponents, as verified by UN and Human Rights reports.
Everyone has always known who is responsible, the ‘deep state’, the oligarchy of white rulers and landowners, allied with the drug mafia, with their money in Miami, and backed as always by the USA, are continuing their immoral nazi tactics.
The great majority of workers and indigenous, practicing solidarity and horizontal culture, are treated as slaves who have ‘unfortunately been partly freed’, for the moment.
This is nothing new, you can trace this all the way back to the degenerate looting Spanish ruling class and the horrors of Inquisition and witch burning.
This is a similar arrogant, ignorant, butchering Oligarchy to that of the Argentine dictators, the Bolivian Terror, the Colombian 40 years war, the Venezuelan tragedy, the Guatemalan genocide (etc!) and now the takeover and looting of Brazil by a minority far right landowners conspiracy.
Solidarity with the families of the disappeared. Solidarity with Luis Fernando Sotelo. Solidarity with the zapatistas and the CNTE strike.
We live in the age of the global village..let’s show these bastards they can’t just repress, cover up and censor forever, like they did with the massacre of 300 students in 1968. It’s about time to stop business as usual with this regime..
Luis Fernando was arrested on November the 5th 2014, the date chosen by Anonymous for mass yearly protest under the banner ‘We do not forgive.. We do not Forget.. Expect Us’..
In the face of their policies of terror, we state that we are not afraid, that their sentences will collapse, because we have reason and organization on our side.
Today we renew and strengthen the solidarity with our compañero, may he know that he is not alone, we will walk and struggle together until the walls of their prisons fall, we will fight tirelessly until we are all free!
Let our rage become one, let the wind blow, let the storm begin!
Free Luis Fernando Sotelo Campaign
Background on Luis Fernando Sotelo
During the demonstration, a Metrobús station and a Metrobús (a rapid transit bus service) were burned.
The following day, Sergio was released for lack of evidence, while 20-year-old student Luis Fernando was charged with several major crimes and sent to South Prison (Reclusorio Sur) in Mexico City, where for a time he was held in solitary confinement, classified by the warden as a “pyromaniac.” Three businesses and the Mexico City government claimed 13 million pesos in damages.
Luis Fernando was involved in various political projects, including the Ollin Meztli Collective, the ik’ otik Cooperative, the Network Against Repression and for Solidarity, and is an adherent to the Zapatista’s Sixth Declaration.
MEXICO CITY: SOLIDARITY ACTIONS WITH LUIS FERNANDO SOTELO
From Proyecto Ambulante
Ciudad de México
As part of the day for the freedom of our colleague Luis Fernando Sotelo, prisoner since November 5, 2014 on the Third Global Day for Ayotzinapa, accused of setting fire to a Metrobus and its station, different groups and people in solidarity decided to go to nearby Ciudad Universitaria, UNAM, to make visible the situation which our partner is suffering.
Solidarity to our colleague .. we denounce the act of the state and its policy of dirty war.
This arrest as many others is riddled with legal irregularities and without sufficient evidence and our partner has spent more than a year and a half kidnapped by the state within the prison in southern Mexico City.
We demand the release of our colleague
male and female Prisoners— onto the streets
En el marco de la jornada por la libertad de nuestro compañero Luis Fernando Sotelo Zambrano preso desde el 5 de noviembre del 2014 dentro de la Tercera Jornada Global por Ayotzinapa acusado del incendio de un metrobus y su estación, distintos colectivos y personas solidarixs decidimos salir a las inmediaciones de Ciudad Universitaria de la UNAM, para hacer visible la situación en la que nuestro compañero se encuentra.
A través de pintas y pega de carteles es como visibilizamos la solidaridad a nuestro compañero y denunciamos el actuar del estado así como su política de guerra sucia.
Esta detención como muchas otras está plagada de irregularidades legales y sin pruebas suficientes es como nuestro compañero lleva más de un año y medio secuestrado por el estado dentro del reclusorio sur en la Ciudad de México.
Exigimos la liberación de nuestro compañero
Presxs a las calles
they can lock up our bodies.. but not our ideas
Mexico Police Attack Demo Ahead of 2nd Ayotzinapa Anniversary
“We strongly condemn the brutality with which the police behaved,” reads a statement from the parents’ committee for the 43 missing Ayotzinapa students.
Ahead of the second anniversary of the disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students, security forces cracked down on protesters commemorating the students in Guerrero’s state capital of Chilpancingo on Sunday, physically assaulting and detaining some of those involved in the march.
“We strongly condemn the brutality with which the police behaved and their excessive use of force,” reads a statement from the parents’ committee, which was established after the Ayotzinapa students went missing on Sept. 26, 2014.
In the text, the committee reports that eight students and two peasants are missing from Sunday, seven protesters were detained and “brutally beaten” before later being released, and three have been transferred to hospital with serious injuries.
The Attorney General of Mexico, or PGR, issued a statement ahead of the two-year anniversary saying it “reaffirms its commitment to society to investigate the crimes.”
“It is important to note that the investigation into the ‘Iguala Case’ remains open and that the Attorney General’s Office is working at all times to clarify the facts.”
The statement from the PGR goes on to claim the office’s investigation is one of the most “exhaustive” in Mexican law enforcement history.
the CNTE teachers strike has also faced criminal State Repression
According to authorities, the gang killed the students and burned their bodies in a garbage dump nearly 20 miles south of the town of Iguala, and then dumped the remains in the San Juan River near the town of Cocula.
But the parents, activists and human rights groups, both within Mexico and internationally, accuse President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration of trying to cover up the potential involvement of federal agents in the kidnapping and disappearances.
Forensic evidence, fire investigations, and satellite imageshave also repeatedly cast doubt on the government’s claims.
Earlier in September, relatives of the missing 43 cut off all dialogue with the Mexican government after the lead investigator resigned for allegedly tampering with evidence—and was then awarded a promotion.
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