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Mexico News and Analysis: July 23-29, 2012

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1 - PARTIAL VICTORY IN PATISHTAN CASE

2 - LUIS H ALVAREZ, ALWAYS THE OPPORTUNIST

3 - WALMART EARNINGS INCREASE DESPITE SCANDAL

4 - HSBC FINED US$28 MILLION

5 - UN FAILS TO CONTROL INTERNATIONAL ARMS TRADE AFTER US BALKS
 

Political prisoner and Zapatista support base Alberto Patishtan, unjustly imprisoned for the past 12 years, won a small victory this week when he moved from a high security prison in Sinaloa to the Amate medium security prison in Chiapas. This may not seem like much, but it means a great deal to Patishtan. In Sinaloa, he spent most of his time in isolation in a small cell and was allowed only one 15-minute phone call per month. In Chiapas, he will be free to move among the general prison population where he has many political allies and his family will be able to visit regularly. Patishtan was moved to Sinaloa after leading a hunger strike organized by Solidarios de la Voz del Amate, a prison group made up mostly of indigenous prisoners like Patishtan. The  Fray Bartolome Human Rights Center handled the legal challenge that forced officials to return him to Chiapas. The Network Against Repression demands the immediate release of Patishtan and a dozen other political prisoners held in Chiapas jails.

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NEWS AND ANALYSIS MAY 21 - JUNE 10, 2012

1 - NEWS FROM THE OTHER CAMPAIGN
2 - STUDENT MOVEMENT QUESTIONS RULING CLASS LEGITIMACY
3 - WALMART INVESTIGATION WIDENS
4 - FOUR ARMY OFFICERS IN CUSTODY  
5 - AMBASSADOR CRITICIZES GUN RIGHTS ADVOCATES 
6 - TWO JUDGES UNDER INVESTIGATION 
7 - MSN PROGRAMS: Contact msn at mexicosolidarity dot org or (773) 583 7728   

1 - NEWS FROM THE OTHER CAMPAIGN

Thursday afternoon, fifteen armed agents from the Tlaxcala Attorney General arrested Hector Perales Malacara, a leader of the Consejo Nacional Urbano y Campesino (CNUC), and five street merchants from Huamantla. Malacara was charged with blocking a roadway, a federal offense that can result in long jail terms and is often used by authorities to prosecute leaders of popular organizations. CNUC quickly mobilized supporters in both Mexico and the US, and Malacara was released on US$1,000 bail that same evening. The charges stem from an incident in Huamantla, one of the main market centers in Tlaxcala, in which the mayor tried to dislocate dozens of street merchants from a traditional market. In reality, Malacara's only "offense" was taking photos of the police action.

* Teodulo Santos Giron, one of the leaders of the land recuperation movement in Ostula, Michoacan, was assassinated this week. Inspired by the Zapatistas, the Nahua leader spent the last 18 years struggling for land rights and autonomy against drug cartels, mining companies and speculators. He was kidnapped in the community of La Ticla on Tuesday and his body was discovered on Wednesday.

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