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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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