La Puya, San José del Golfo, 13 de noviembre de 2012

El 13 de noviembre de 2012,  trabajadores de la minera Progreso VII Derivada, de la empresa Kappes, Cassiday & Associates -“KCA”, llegaron frente a población de San José del Golfo, que desde marzo pasado se encuentran en resistencia pacífica al frente de la entrada de la mina, los trabajadores mineros llegaron con la decisión de ingresar, provocando a la población. Sin embargo se encontraron con hombres y mujeres firmes en su decisión de defender su tierra y territorio de la minería.

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De casco amarillo Pablo Orozco, coordinador del grupo de supuestos trabajadores de la minera. Junto a él, de camisa blanca Selvin Morales, ex ministro de Energía y Minas durante el gobierno de Álvaro Colom y ahora presidente de Servicios Mineros y de gorra verde el coronel Mario Ricardo Figueroa Archila, gerente de Exmingua, subsidiaria de KCA.

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Al final de la tarde los mineros se retiraron del lugar.Imagen

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Al término de la jornada líderes comunitarios toman la palabra.

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GHRC accompanies Guatemalans as they mourn the death of truth

By dismantling Peace Archives Directorate, the entity designed to oversee and manage the entirety of documents pertaining to human rights violations committed during the internal armed conflict, Secretary Arenales Forno and President Pérez Molina extinguished an invaluable contribution to the preservation of historic memory and to the State´s obligations under the Peace Accords, at the same time obstructing efforts to investigate the military for egregious human rights violations and crimes against humanity.

Marco Tulio Alvarez, former Director of the Peace Archives Directorate reads out GHRC’s denouncement of the closure of the Archives in Guatemala

On June 29th, the day that the Peace Archives Directorate officially closed, a funeral was held mourning the death of the truth. As part of the activity, GHRC presented copies of the petition signed by supporters denouncing the closure. The petition was read, twice, to those gathered.

“Arenales Forno, Secretary of War”

Forno, the Secretary of Peace, was responsible for the decision to close the Peace Archives. He has also denied that there was genocide was committed in Guatemala.

“Genocide did happened”

“You don’t bury truth, you bury impunity”

Member of the union representing the employees of the Peace Archives Directorate who were fired.

Guatemalans ‘Presente’ during the May Day march

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“Without land, there is no life… Without farmers there is no food.”
CUC, member of Waqib’Kej and CLOC – Via Campesina

“The 12 communities of San Juan Sac[atepéquez] present in the struggle.”

Confederation of Union Unity of Guatemala: Work, Peace, Justice, Liberty.
Present in the struggle!

“We fight, we resist, and we will overcome.”
“Where there is little justice, being right is dangerous.”

Families from the marginalized neighborhoods of Guatemala City also participated in the march. “Yes to the legalization of our land, No more land evictions!”

“Youth of S.V.A. S. Present” [Union of Street Vendors of Coban]
“We demand the right to work and no more evictions!”

A positive sign from this year’s May Day march: the massive participation of youth demanding their rights in energetic, creative, and even musical ways!

Hope for the future… the next generation of Guatemalan activists!