Category: Guatemala

Lucrecia Hernández Mack: General Strike in Guatemala Denounces Corruption & Mishandling of Pandemic

Major highways were blocked for hours as protesters marched through Guatemala City and in rural communities denouncing corruption, a worsening economic crisis and the government’s catastrophic mishandling of the pandemic

Sandra Cuffe: Guatemalan Communities Turn Out for Indigenous-Led Nationwide Shutdown

Guatemala’s attorney general fired a top prosecutor of corruption last week. Now, Indigenous peoples and social movements are calling for both her and the president to resign

Jen Moore: In Guatemala, Harris Should Address U.S. Policies That Put Corporations Over People

As the Vice President seeks to remedy root causes of migration, she should vow to dismantle neoliberal rules that have been devastating for rural and Indigenous peoples

Sergio Palencia Frener: Dianna Ortiz, Survivor and Witness of the Guatemalan Genocide (1958-2021)

The American nun became an important voice against torture around the world and U.S. involvement in the Guatemalan conflict

Carlos Barrientos: There is rage on the streets of Guatemala

For the past several days, hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Guatemala against the corruption of the political elites

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Tamara Pearson: Guatemalan and Mexican governments use pandemic to turn back refugee caravan

“People who are fleeing crime and searching for a better future shouldn’t be treated like this”. “But there is something that we have, as migrants. We don’t give up, we do everything to achieve our goals.”

Jen Moore: When Police Repression is Not Enough

A U.S. Corporation is Suing Guatemala to Crush Local Mining Opposition

Jen Moore: Guatemalan Water Protectors Persist, Despite Mining Company Threats

This month a peaceful resistance movement marks eight years of struggle against a gold mining project that threatens scarce water supplies.

Jeff Abbott: A growing student occupation in Guatemala

A student occupation opposing the “safe third country” agreement in Guatemala has transformed into a national movement for access to higher education

Kate Doyle: Guatemala’s Historical Archive of the National Police

“Somehow in this part of the world, we’ve come to this point of turning our backs on human rights justice and the rule of law in ways that are terribly troubling”

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