LETTER FROM FRANCISCO SÁNTIZ LÓPEZ

Prison no. 5, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas
24 July 2012
 
To: Movement for Justice in El Barrio
The Other Campaign New York
 
From Chiapas, in southern Mexico, I send you my fraternal and combative greetings, and hope that you, your families, and all of your loved ones are well and in good health.

To begin, I would like to thank you for your letters, which I have just received; they are filled with words that lift my spirits in this struggle, through all these actions which have been and will be held to demand my freedom and all our freedoms which have been stolen by the bad government.
 
I want to tell you all, compañeros and compañeras, to be much stronger than you are [now], for victory and triumph will soon come, and that I was always praying for you, for the other compañeros and compañeras in other countries, as they are part of our struggle. I want to tell them to be braver, more courageous, and stronger in order to fight the bad system of the rulers of the world.
 
On the other hand, I want to tell you a little about how, when I arrived at this prison -- thank God! --  I was received and defended by the fellow adherents to The Other Campaign of the EZLN, who had already been unjustly imprisoned for many years, and today I am united with them and they with me, and together we are and will continue to fight or the freedoms to which we are entitled.
 
I also want to say to you that prison has made me stronger than I was, because if we suffer abuses it as sign that our journey towards justice is advancing--because although the fight is not easy, it is not impossible, because God has made victorious the spirit of resistance we carry in our hearts and in doing so, has made us victorious as well--but we must fight with courage. What I find sad here in prison is that there is a little child imprisoned in here with us, because his parents are both prisoners. I will now give the names of the compañeros and adherents who welcomed me, Pedro López Jiménez, Alfredo López Jiménez, Rosa López Díaz, Leonardo López (the little one who is three and a half years old), Alejandro Díaz Sántiz, Juan Collazo Jiménez, Rosario Diaz Mendez, and Juan Diaz López--these are the compañeros who supported me when I arrived.
 
Finally I would like to say that during my almost 22 years of walking in the struggle for justice, God has given me the strength and courage to keep going. He will do so again so that I can continue moving forward...

Keep your spirits up, compañeros and compañeras!
 
To fight is to live!
To demand is to defend!
If I'm here, I'm there; if I’m there, I’m here!
Live or die for truth and justice!
 
Sincerely,

Francisco Sántiz López