Weekly News Update on the Americas
Issue #1161, January 27, 2013

1. Mexico: EZLN Supporter Freed After Year in Jail
2. Chile: Mapuche Hunger Striker Reported Near Death
3. Haiti: Evictions of Quake Survivors Continue
4. Dominican Republic: Haitians End Labor Protest—Were They Tricked?
5. Links to alternative sources on: Latin America, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti

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*1. Mexico: EZLN Supporter Freed After Year in Jail
Francisco Sántiz López, a civilian supporter of Mexico’s rebel Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN), was released from prison in San Cristóbal de las Casas, in the highlands of the southeastern state of Chiapas, on Jan. 25, more than 13 months after his arrest. Over the past year a movement has formed in some 30 countries to demand the release of Sántiz López and another prisoner, the schoolteacher Alberto Patishtán Gómez, a supporter of the ELZN-initiated Other Campaign [see Update #1129].

Sántiz López was arrested in December 2011 on charges of participating in violence that broke out in the indigenous Banavil community in Tenejapa municipality on Dec. 4 when a group connected to the centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) attacked EZLN supporters. [...]

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