By Noam Chomsky - June 08, 2013
Reagan’s murderous assault on Central America was not limited to Guatemala...In most of the region the agencies of terror were government security forces that had been armed and trained by Washington...One country was different: Nicaragua. It had an army to defend its population. Reagan therefore had to organize right-wing guerilla forces to wage the fight.
History reinventors support despots. Social democrats are vilified. Crimes of war, against humanity and genocide are sanitized. They're whitewashed. They disappear in plain sight.
With the world's attention focused on the on-again off-again genocide trial of former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt and his head of military intelligence in Guatemala City, there has been little international reporting on other events in the Central American nation. Meanwhile, as the trial continues, conflicts involving rural communities and Canadian mining companies are escalating, to the point that a State of Siege was declared last night.
By Ollantay Itzamná - Znet
President Otto Perez Molina...decreed, this past May 1, the second state of siege of his term in office. This time, it was to repress indigenous people, the Xinca, in the municipalities of Jalapa and Mataquescuintal...and in Casillas and San Rafael Las Flores...and to protect the “investments” of the Canadian mining company Tahoe Resources (the San Rafael mine).
By Gabriel Schivone - April 24 2013
...Israel “didn’t send down congressmen, human rights activists or priests” to strengthen Israel’s special relationship with Guatemala. Israel “taught the Guatemalans how to build an airbase. They set up their intelligence network, tried and tested on the [Israeli-occupied Palestinian] West Bank and Gaza, designed simply to beat the Guerilla.”
By Rocizela Pérez Gómez - April 02, 2013
In the first three months of 2013, a number of social leaders...have been assassinated or kidnapped...These attacks are not isolated events. They have all been directed against men and women who struggle to claim individual and collective rights and have constantly denounced the looting of natural goods on the part of transnational corporations, in complicity with the Government which has instituted policies of repression and criminalization of the organized struggle.
By Frida Berrigan - January 10, 2013
It was a tough trip. We listened to story after story after story. We wept endlessly. We were reminded again and again of the hundreds of millions of dollars in economic, military and political support doled out by Washington over the decades to repressive oligarchs in Guatemala City. We heard about human rights violations and crimes carried out by Guatemalan soldiers trained at the U.S. School of the Americas. We visited modest monuments inscribed with the names of men, women and children slaughtered by government-backed death squads.
By Grahame Russell - December 12, 2012
On December 7 and 8, 2012, there was yet another act of mining-related aggression against community members of San Jose del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc, 45 minutes outside of Guatemala City, who are defending their environment and community well-being...Community members have been legally and peacefully engaging in a nine-month encampment at a place known as “La Puya” by the entrance to the proposed “El Tambor” mine site.
By Dawn Paley - November 27, 2012
Since February, forensic anthropologists have turned up over 400 skeletons at a military base in Coban, Guatemala...During the country’s 36 year long internal armed conflict that led to acts of genocide, the base at Coban was a center of military coordination and intelligence....But what sets this dig apart is that it is taking place at a military base that remains active today: foreign military and police arrive regularly at the base to train troops from Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic.
By Dawn Paley - November 21, 2012
“I’m going to Canada with high spirits, in hopes that [Hudbay Minerals] recognizes the harm that they have done to me,” Chub told The Dominion. “I want justice.” Not only has Chub been confined to a wheelchair since 2009, but he still feels threatened by company workers who park in front of his house and monitor his movements. When he wheels himself onto the plane to Canada, it will be his first time leaving Guatemala.
By Dawn Paley - Znet Commentary
"I want to tell the world that here in Guatemala there is a peaceful resistance that exists, and we are prepared to stay here as long as possible...We always hoped no blood would be spilled in this struggle, and personally mine did, but I think it has been a very important test and today I am back in action, and I know that they will not quiet me, while god gives me life I will continue."
By Grahame Russell - Znet
Increasingly, over the past few years, information has been published about serious human rights violations and health and environmental harms being caused in Guatemala by (mainly) Canadian mining company operations...It is not possible to understand how these violations and harms occur, and will continue to occur, without understanding the political context. In short, global mining companies profit financially and benefit directly from the fundamental lack of democracy and the rule of law in Guatemala, both historically and on-going today.
By Dawn Paley - Media Co-op
I’ve barely been able to keep up with all of the resource conflicts going on in Guatemala over the past little while. A recent wave of protest/repression linked to mining and hydroelectric projects has escalated to the point where both sectors met together last week to try and deal with “attacks” against them.
25 July 2011 - BBC News
A unit of Kaibiles entered the village of Las Dos Erres in the northern department of Peten in December 1982...The military suspected the villagers of supporting or harbouring left-wing guerrillas...Over a period of three days, the Kaibiles interrogated and then killed the inhabitants, including children, women and the elderly.
Indigenous Protesters Blockading Mine Owned by Vancouver-Based Goldcorp Assaulted and Taken Hostage in Guatemala
March 1, 2011 - Intercontinental Cry
On February 28, 2011, approximately 50 Indigenous men and women from Mayan communities affected by Goldcorp's Marlin Gold mine in San Marcos, Guatemala, were attacked and taken hostage by a group of individuals said to have "strong ties" to the Vancouver-based mining company.