On March 15, six imprisoned people started hunger strikes in three prisons in Chiapas. Three days later, seven more people joined the actions to demand immediate release, better prison conditions and justice for acts of torture committed against them by the State.
In total now, 20 people are participating in the protest actions.
All of the imprisoned people on hunger strike are indigenous and faced irregularities in their legal proceedings, including not having an interpreter, despite the fact that it significantly hindered their proper legal defense.
There are 8 thousand indigenous people incarcerated in Mexico. The states with the largest national prison population are: Oaxaca, Chiapas, Puebla, Veracruz, Mexico City, Chihuahua and Guerrero.