May 10th – May 17th
- Communities expel extractive companies. On May 10, three communities in Quetzaltenango expelled four companies which extract pumice. Community members oppose the extraction of their natural resources and asked local authorities to help them repair the damage done by the companies.
- Body of community member killed in Barillas exhumed. Even though the assassination of Andrés Pedro Miguel sparked the mob take-over of the military post, the criminal investigation was postponed until Friday May 11. Judge Giovanni Pivoral explained that family members of the deceased kept armed soldiers from entering their house to collect evidence. A day earlier Andres Sánchez, of the Office of the UN High Commission for Human Rights in Guatemala, visited the area to monitor the human rights’ situation.
- Protestors continue blocking entrance to mine in San José del Golfo. On May 13, community members reiterated that they will not leave the mine until authorities are willing to respond to their demands. They ask for the mining operations to be halted and for the removal of the machines.
- Indigenous council takes action against the state of siege in Barillas. On May 14, the Council of Western Peoples (CPO) filed an appeal before the Constitutional Court stating that Decree 1-2012, in which the state of siege was declared. is unconstitutional. According to Benito Morales, a representative of the Council, the decree violates the Guatemalan Constitution and citizens’ rights in a democratic state.
- The Vatican announced on May 14 that Álvaro Ramazzini was appointed bishop of Huehuetenango. Ramazzini has been working in the Department of San Marcos for more than 23 years where he is known as a strong human rights defender and opponent to mining operations.
- UDEFEGUA, the Dioceses of Huehuetenango and the Renovated Democratic Freedom Party denounce the state of siege in Barillas. On May 15 and 16, the Human Rights Defenders’ Unit (UDEFEGUA), the Dioceses of Huehuetenango and Ministers of the Renovated Democratic Freedom Party (LIDER) demanded that the government lift the state of siege which has led to violations of community members’ rights. Authorities have reportedly entered houses and destroyed private property in search for weapons.
- Tensions between community members and hydroelectric company in Cantel. On May 16, members of the community of Cantel in Quetzaltenango informed Congress that the hydroelectric company has not fulfilled an agreement signed in 2007 to “generate local development”. Community Mayor Jimmy Girón explained that the company´s operations have damaged the environment and have restrained urban development in their community.