Indigenous Guatemalan Protestors March in Defense of Territory
|Indigenous Guatemalan Protestors March in Defense of Territory|
|Written by Cultural Survival|
|Tuesday, 27 March 2012 12:27|
|Source: Cultural Survival
Thousands of Indigenous peoples andcampesinos in Guatemala have embarked on a nine-day protest march to the capital city, covering over 214 kilometers. Organized by the Comite de Unidad Campesino, (CUC) the march demands the attention of the State of Guatemala, as well as local, national, and international media to the issues facing the rural Indigenous and campesino majority of the country. Currently passing through the department of El Progreso, the march has been gaining the participation of different communities and activist groups throughout their journey, which started in the city of Coban, in Alta Verapaz on Monday, March 19th. Community Radio station Uqul Tinamit, a member of the Guatemala Radio Project‘s pilot radio network streamed online their on-location reporting of the event as it passed through the departments of Alta and Baja Verapaz, allowing community radio stations across the country to broadcast their programing.
The movement leaders have issued a press statement, “Declaration of the March for Resistance and Dignity, in Defense of the Earth and Territory” in which they have made the following demands– reiterations of longstanding grievances of the Indigenous and campesinos in Guatemala:
Upon arrival to the capital, thousands will demonstrate outside the Congress and the Presidential Palace in Guatemala City, seeking audience with new President Otto Perez Molina.