Pochuta Guatemala: Indigenous members block entrance to village for a year

Posted on September 8, 2012 • Filed under: Conflicts, Guatemala, Latin America Indigenous Issues

Armed and hooded neighbors Pochuta forgotten village, southwest of Guatemala, control entrance to their town, ready to give their life to prevent the place from which ousted the mayor a year ago, accusing him of corruption. “Welcome to San Miguel Pochuta. Neighbors organized, please download the glass and identify” reads a sign at the entrance to the tribe, located 138 km southwest of the capital, near the Pacific coast. Dressed in black, with shotguns, pistols, machetes or chains, men and women take turns day and night monitoring the municipal building, the streets and the metal bridge that was installed temporarily after an earthquake 20 years ago and is the only access to populated.

“We are about 75 people committed to safety.’re Not criminals,” said a muffled man who declined to be named. Read Article

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