Americas Social Forum: Guatemala

During the 1980s a military government in Guatemala, supported by the Reagan administration, waged a brutal war that left tens of thousands people dead. Because the military exterminated entire villages of indigenous people in the Guatemalan highlands, the UN-mediated truth and reconciliation commission in 1999 concluded that "acts of genocide" had been committed. Since this age of terror, Guatemalans have struggled for justice to hold responsible those who committed the atrocious crimes. Furthermore, they have asserted their right to have a democratic say in the use of the country's natural resources and have stood up to foreign mining, oil, and agricultural interests that have long exploited the land and people. Their courage has served as an example for other social justice... read more
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