Declaration of the International Meeting: Sovereign Abya Yala from the Social Movements

Ollantay Itzamná Peoples and social movements from Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico, gathered at the International Meeting: Sovereign Abya Yala from the Social Movements, in Guatemala City, on December 1 and 2, 2021, concluded with the following Declaration: Peoples articulated in organizations and social…

Guatemala to Host the Abya Yala Soberana International Gathering

Ollantay Itzamná Leiria Vay, member of the organizing team of the Sovereign Abya Yala Encounter The international meeting ABYA YALA SOVEREIGN ABYA YALA FROM SOCIAL MOVEMENTS aims to reflect together on the socio-political context and impacts of the capitalist system, imperialism, colonialism and patriarchy in our Abya Yala and to define strategies and collective actions…

International Meeting: Sovereign Abya Yala from the Perspective of the Social Movements

Itzamná Ollantay On December 1st and 2nd, Guatemala City will host the International Meeting of peoples, organizations and social movements of Abya Yala called “Sovereign Abya Yala from the Social Movements” (Abya Yala Soberana desde los Movimientos Sociales). The Meeting is the continuation of the virtual articulation effort that different actors and spokespersons of peoples,…

Guatemala: Indigenous Peoples, Peasants and Social Sectors Go On Plurinational Strike for the Constituent Assembly Process

Ollantay Itzamná Peasant demonstration. Guatemala City They know that their demands will not be met by the government, nor by public institutions. But they are also aware that, despite the denigration they suffer from the corporate media, and the silence of several alternative media, the acclaim of the Popular and Plurinational Constituent Assembly process continues…

Guatemala: How British Intelligence Destabilized Democracy in Central America

AARON COY MOULTON Ousted Guatemalan president Jacobo Arbenz in Paris, 1955 (Photo: Bettmann / Getty) Declassified documents reveal the UK engaged in a massive propaganda campaign in Guatemala in the 1950s, including writing media articles under false names, which radicalised the country’s politics and prepared the ground for the CIA-backed overthrow of democracy Newly declassified…

Why Has COVID19 Not Yet Reached My Community?

Ollantay Itzamná Community formative assembly In my “decolonial” phase, almost a decade ago, I decided to leave the city and live in rural areas. To relearn farming, to cultivate. To allow myself to be aesthetically and existentially cultivated by Mother Earth in my return to Her. It was in this existential phase that the announcement…

Guatemala: Proposals Towards Plurinationality

Ollantay Itzamná CODECA Proposal …Overcoming these and other limitations, in the present century, some indigenous and peasant organizations and movements began to propose reforms and structural changes with the aim of creating a Plurinational State with the participation of all the peoples of the country. In Guatemala, as in the rest of the bicentennial countries…

Plurinationality or Plurinationalism

Ollantay Itzamná Mayan and Quechua women. OI. In recent years, from the field of “not being”, the subaltern peoples, within the bicentennial creole republics of Abya Yala, have raised the urgent need to move from republican nationalism (which could not be) towards plurinationality. From the original peoples we understand plurinationality as the possibility of building…

Guatemala Protests Call for Resignation of President Giammattei & Corrupt AG

Kawsachun NewsAncestral authorities of the Maya Poqoman de Santa Cruz people and municipality of Chinautla demand the resignation of Consuelo Porras and President Alejandro Giammettei. July 29, 2021. Photo: Comité de Unidad Campesina (CUC) Protests and road blockades are being held on roads and highways across Guatemala to demand the resignation of neoliberal President Alejandro…

US Crimes in Guatemala: The Hypocrisy of Biden-Harris Anti-Migrant Policy

John Parker ‘Papers not crumbs’: April 30 sit-in near the White House against the Biden administration’s anti-immigrant repression. Photo: Movimiento Cosecha The Biden administration began the month of June with further evidence of its policy of keeping to the Trump-era status quo, this time with immigration/migration policy. Vice President Kamala Harris was sent to Guatemala…

Original Sin: The CIA’s 1st Coup in Latin America

Steve Lalla Jacobo Árbenz, Guatemala’s second democratically elected president On June 18, 1954, the CIA overthrew the democratically elected progressive president of Guatemala, Jacobo Árbenz. It marked the first known coup in Latin America successfully executed by the US Central Intelligence Agency, which was founded in 1947. The US-backed dictator Ubico had been unseated by…

Guatemala: Indigenous and Peasants of CODECA Return to the Streets

Ollantay Itzamná Community Assembly. CODECA After the impeachment and imprisonment for acts of corruption of then President of the Republic Otto Perez Molina and his Vice President Roxana Baldetti, in 2015, the country’s two successive governments failed to improve the “dismal levels of popular acceptance of the government of Guatemala”. Jimmy Morales (2016-2020), with evident…

Guatemala: A Dead Country

Ilka Oliva Corado Photo: Bill Hackwell We should have a minimum of shame, since we have no courage. A minimum of indignation that takes us out of the social networks that puts up with everything and take to the streets that are witnesses of the country’s history. The convenience of a social network is beautiful,…

Guatemala: Girls Must not be Touched, Must not be Raped, Must not be Killed

Carolina Vazquez Araya Photo: Bill Hackwell In Guatemala, a strategy of terror is being carried out on the bodies of girls, boys, and adolescents. The country is passing through one of its darkest periods in its recent history. Helpless and unaided against the power of crime syndicates, the population is paralyzed when confronted with the…

Guatemalan Security Forces Repress Honduran Migrant Caravan Heading Towards the US

Peoples Dispatch Guatemalan security forces repressed thousands of Honduran migrants with tear gas and stun grenades on January 17, in the town of Vado Hondo, in the department of Chiquimula, bordering Honduras. Photo: Prensa Libre Guatemalan military and police forces, on January 17, repressed the caravan of thousands of Honduran migrants and prevented them from…

Campesino Christmas in Guatemala in a Time of Pandemic

Ollantay ItzamnáChristmas 2020. The Margaritas III Community is located in the municipality of San Francisco Zapotitlán, Suchitepéquez, 170 km southwest of Guatemala City. It is comprised of 15 campesino families, the majority of whom are former waiters from the neighboring farms that surround the community. The members of the community, due to the process of…

The Implosion of Capitalism in Guatemala

Yanis Iqbal On 21 November, 2020, thousands of Guatemalans rallied in the central square of the country’s capital, took over the Congress and set fire to several rooms inside. The immediate trigger for this outburst of anger was the 2021 budget – now revoked by the Congress after sustained protests – which, despite being the largest in the country’s history, slashed…