Mayan Communities use Democracy as a Tool to Safeguard their Territory

The image above comes from an article by James Rodríguez ( and refers to a consultation in Santa Maria Chiquimula, Totonicapán, Guatemala.

The ballot reads: “Are you in favor of metal mining exploitation, the installation of geothermal energy generators, construction of hydro-electric projects, installation of energy distribution and telecommunication towers within the territory of the municipality of Santa Maria Chiquimula?”

On October 26, 2014, Kiché Mayan members from the highland town in Totonicapan, Guatemala, overwhelmingly voted against these extractive projects: 39,198 voted no, while 300 voted yes.

You can read the full article here.

Categories: Human Rights, Indigenous peoples, Land

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