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Indigenous People in Guatemala in Protests that Lead to Resignation of President

Indigenous protesters hold a sign saying "no more corruption" in Guatemala City, August 2015. Photo: Reuters

Indigenous protesters hold a sign saying “no more corruption” in Guatemala City, August 2015. Photo: Reuters

by Rick Kearns, Indian Country Today, Sept 25, 2015

Indigenous people in Guatemala were in the front lines of anti-government protests in late August, just a week before the resignation of President Otto Perez Molina on September 2. Perez Molina was then arrested on charges that he participated in a multi-million dollar fraud scheme.

But indigenous activists, along with tens of thousands of other Guatemalans, had been protesting against many of his policies since the Spring, which culminated in three days of non-stop protests from August 25-27.

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10,000 Indigenous Protestors March on Guatemala Capital

Fox News.com, Published March 28, 2012

An estimated 10,000 Indigenous people marched to Guatemala City demanding land reform, March 2012.

Guatemala City –  An estimated 10,000 indigenous people marched on Monday in the Guatemalan capital after they walked more than 200 kilometers (120 miles) to demand a government settlement of a conflict over land.

Tired and sweating, with bags slung over their shoulders and waving red pennants, the thousands of Indians and peasants, who were joined by social organizations, students and labor unions, marched through the historic downtown area before meeting with President Otto Perez Molina. Read the rest of this entry