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Indigenous Massacre Survivors Unite for Memory and Justice in Guatemala

The October 4, 2012 massacre was the first and only massacre of indigenous people by soldiers following the 1996 Peace Accords. This year’s commemoration of the sixth anniversary of the massacre took place a week after a tribunal confirmed state armed forces committed genocide in the early 1980s. “The goal is to remember them and to leave a legacy for our future generations who will struggle for the defense of our rights,” said Eduardo Juan Yax, an indigenous community leader.

Carlos Maaz, a Q'eqchi' fisherman shot and killed during a police crackdown on May 27, 2017 in El Estor. Hundreds of residents took part in his funeral procession across town the following day. Photo: Sandra Cuffe
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Maya Q’eqchi’ Fishermen and Journalists Fight Back Against Criminalization and Mining in Guatemala

Maya Q’eqchi’ fishermen faced deadly state repression last year for their opposition to transnational nickel mining and lake pollution in El Estor, Guatemala. Now they are confronting criminal charges for their protest. The court case highlights the ongoing environmental and human rights crisis in a country where corporate power regularly meets indigenous resistance. “Just for defending our rights as Maya Q’eqchi’, we’ve been criminalized,” fishers' union leader Cristóbal Pop told Toward Freedom.

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US-Trained Police Are Hunting Down and Arresting Protesters Amid Post-Election Crisis in Honduras

Source: The Intercept

IT WAS THE middle of the night when they broke down the door. The children, aged 3 and 6, and their parents were all fast asleep in their home in Pimienta, a town 18 miles south of San Pedro Sula, in northwestern Honduras.

“They arrived at three in the morning,” said the mother of two whose home was raided. U.S.-trained and supported special forces agents, known as TIGRES, as well as criminal investigation officers searched the family home, flipping over the beds and ripping pillows apart while she and her children watched. Her partner had already been handcuffed and taken outside. read more

Dubbed a "grandmother of the resistance" after the 2009 coup d'état, Yolanda Chavarría sings the national anthem at a December 21st protest against election fraud outside the US Embassy in Tegucigalpa. She will turn 90 years old this year. Photo by Sandra Cuffe
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“There Are No Human Rights Here:” Honduran Anti-Fraud Protesters Clamor for Justice as State Killings Continue

Hondurans are demanding justice for the protesters and bystanders killed in the ongoing crackdown on opposition protests by the US-backed government of Honduras. Two months after general elections were marred by widespread reports of fraud, and one month after the US government stood by the contested results, repression and militarization continue unabated. Protests are ongoing against a government many Hondurans see as illegitimate and authoritarian.

Nighttime road blockades have been springing up in neighborhoods around Tegucigalpa as opposition alliance supporters continue to protest electoral fraud. Photo by Sandra Cuffe
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Voices from the Barricades: Protests Against Election Fraud Intensify in Honduras

Nighttime road blockades have been springing up in neighborhoods around the Honduran capital as opposition alliance supporters continue to protest electoral fraud. “They want to impose a president on us,” protester Angélica Medrano told Toward Freedom. “We don’t want a dictator. We want a country at peace, a free country, and to elect the president that we elected, for whom we voted, because that’s our right.”