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Another Massacre of Indigenous People in Guatemala

The Indigenous people of Guatemala have just lived through another massacre in their territories, which has led to the declaration of another state of emergency by the government of Otto Pérez Molina. The acts of violence started on the evening of September 19th, when, according to the communities, armed actors entered their territories and identified themselves as workers with Cementos Progreso, they opened fire and killed a member of the community delegation that was in the area, killing him.

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Mayan People’s Movement Defeats Monsanto Law in Guatemala

September 11, 2014 Christin Sandberg 0

On September 4th, after ten days of widespread street protests against the biotech giant Monsanto’s expansion into Guatemalan territory, groups of indigenous people joined by social movements, trade unions and farmer and women’s organizations won a victory when congress finally repealed the legislation that had been approved in June.

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The World Bank And Inter-American Development Bank’s Chixoy Dam Project: Still Killing Mayan Guatemalans 32 Years Later

September 3, 2014 Grahame Russell 0

Francisca was an eye-witness to and survivor of the Chixoy Dam/ Rio Negro massacres, while Brenda was a child of survivors. The Guatemalan military massacred over 440 villagers from the Mayan Achi village of Rio Negro in 1982. Thirty-two years later, two more Mayan Achi women from Rio Negro were brutally killed, caused indirectly, but in effect by the violently imposed Chixoy hydro-electric dam project.

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Finally Free: Mass Burial of Wartime Victims in Guatemala Exhumed from Former Military Garrison of Comalapa

On July 18, 2014, members of the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala (FAFG) returned to family members the positively identified remains of ten wartime victims exhumed from the former Military Garrison in San Juan Comalapa between 2003 and 2005. All ten victims, Kakchiquel Mayans whose DNA matched that of living family members, were buried in the municipal cemetery the following day.

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