‘Citizens in Guatemala have understood for years that the state continues to be a prime source of human rights abuses, and many Guatemalans are actively trying change change this, despite threats to their personal safety and few signs of amelioration. Unfortunately, corruption and violence are so entrenched that national efforts are valiant but insufficient; international solidarity and action are necessary to mitigate skyrocketing rates of violence and state terror in Guatemala.’
So concludes an article recently posted on NACLA News by Joy Agner. It adds weight to the idea that Guatemala needs to look beyond the gangs (maras) for an explanation to the increasing violence in the country. With levels of impunity seemingly matching the increasing levels of violence it is important to keep a focus on Guatemala and not to let it be forgotten again.