Dubbed Terrorists, Mayans Fight Back Against Guatemalan Mining Projects

Dubbed Terrorists, Mayans Fight Back Against Guatemalan Mining Projects by Pete Guest (Newsweek) The road between the Guatemalan towns of San Miguel Ixtahuacán and Quetzaltenango is guarded by a dozen thin, young, Mayan men in baseball caps and hooded sweatshirts, who mill around a truck parked across the road. “If you are from the mine,”... Continue Reading →

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Guatemalan mine dispute militarizes region

[The Guatemalan military has long been trained and armed by the United States. An estimated 200,000 people were killed in the days when Guatemala was ruled by a CIA-backed, death-squad state. The same forces still rule Guatemala today. The poor, indigenous peoples have their rights trampled on by the comprador elites and their imperialist allies.... Continue Reading →

Guatemala top court overturns genocide conviction

[Bourgeois justice in action. Not even too little, too late. Zip. Nada.-- NP] Guatemala top court overturns genocide conviction GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's top court has thrown another curve into the genocide case of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, overturning his conviction and ordering that the trial be taken back to the middle of... Continue Reading →

Guatemala cracks down on anti-mine protests

Guatemala cracks down on anti-mine protests GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The Guatemalan government declared a state of emergency and banned public gatherings Thursday in four townships east of the capital following several days of violent clashes between police and anti-mining protesters. The confrontations, which included mine security guards, have left one policeman dead, six residents... Continue Reading →

Guatemala judge postpones ex-general’s hearing

[Not only do the death squads and local military deserve punishment, the entire US military-intelligence-political establishment deserve punishment for their role in the establishment of death-squad states in Latin America amongst many other atrocities. -- NP] Guatemala judge postpones ex-general's hearing (AP) GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan judge has again postponed a hearing to... Continue Reading →

Guatemala builds private city to escape crime

[Private cities and neighborhoods for the wealthy are springing up across the Third World as the bourgeoisie seeks to escape the growing slums. Imperialism has created a world where there is great stratification between geographic areas, the First and Third World. There is a growing trend of walled pockets, sub-cities, fortresses, outposts of of the... Continue Reading →

Rage erupts in Guatemala after 6 protesters shot

[The United States has long-standing relations to the Guatemalan military and security establishment. In 1954, the CIA backed a coup against the progressive, nationalist regime of Jacobo Árbenz. The United States installed a brutal, military dictatorship there. The new regime ruled by means of mass terror backed up by US military power. The regime ruled... Continue Reading →

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