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Guatemala: Peaceful Protests Face Violent Reprisals

By Rob October 18, 2023 No Comments

During the past two weeks in Guatemala I have witnessed many marches, protests, and blockades. The petition of the Guatemalan people is a profoundly serious and grave one: corrupt government officials must resign. Now. Yet the mood of the protests has been anything but somber. How would I describe them? Festive. Creative. Musical. Communal. Passionate. Patriotic. Peaceful.  Friends, families, coworkers – entire communities – have joined their voices in demanding…

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Guatemala’s Fight Against Corruption: A Moment of Hope

By Rob October 12, 2023 No Comments

I last visited Guatemala six months ago. It was a depressing experience. I encountered a country mired in despair and desperation. The outlook for human rights defenders appeared bleak. The electoral panorama seemed to offer little possibility for positive change. The “pact of the corrupt,” a nefarious coalition of economic elites, corrupt politicians, state security officials, narcos, and extreme right-wing militants, had undermined Guatemala’s democratic institutions to the point of…

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