Police Repress Protests

This weekend’s Guardian Weekly published a photo of the fire in the Congress building from last weekend, but without any context. It’s the now, ‘well-known’, photo with the protester in front, arms raised – typical, lazy ‘western’ corporate journalism.

The following piece is from the GHRC blog relating to the events, adding to our previous piece, here, with regard to context, and again highlighting the greed and corruption of members of Congress and their allies.

Guatemala has once again made international headlines. Photos published by major US media showed an angry mob setting fire to the National Congress building in Guatemala City.

The New York Times, in an article entitled “Protesters in Guatemala Set Fire to Congress Building Over Spending Cuts,” wrote, “Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Guatemala’s capital on Saturday, setting fire to the nation’s congressional building in a show of anger over a budget bill passed this week that cut funding for health care and education.”

The real story, however, is far more complex and much more alarming.

You can read the rest of the piece, here, on the GHRC blog.

Categories: Corruption, Culture, Guatemala, Human Rights, Indigenous peoples, Justice, Legal, Solidarity in Action, Violence

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