Guatemala: Peaceful Resistance in the Face of Violence

We have featured the struggles in the communities of San Pedro Ayampuc and San José del Golfo before <a href=http://gsntest.jocote.org/uncategorized/third-month-of-resistance-against-a-radius-gold-owned-mine-in-guatemala/"Yoli" Oquelí, here. News that the communities had been awarded the Alice Zachmann Human Rights Defender Award also reached us and was featured <a href=http://gsntest.jocote.org/uncategorized/alice-zachmann-human-rights-defender-award/"I want to tell the world that here in Guatemala there is a peaceful resistance that exists, and we are prepared to stay here as long as possible," said Oquelí, sitting upright on a plastic chair inside a permanent camp blocking the entrance to a proposed gold mine about 30km from Guatemala City. "We always hoped no blood would be spilled in this struggle, and personally mine did, but I think it has been a very important test and today I am back in action, and I know that they will not quiet me, while god gives me life I will continue."

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