Posts Tagged ‘politics’

La Puya

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Mining for minerals has become a hot topic here in Guatemala. I’m not here to either support or show discontent with it. Here is what I saw.
A lot of individuals and some academic circles would render the intentions of people who oppose mining as biased and influenced by foreigners. Guatemalan media and social chatter constantly suggest the presence of these foreigners as infiltrators and instigators. And a lot of times people who partake in this anti mining efforts are often called “terrorist” by the people who favor it.
Well, the only foreigners I saw here where a couple who rode the same bus I did, and they were there only to see what was going on.

Two years of peaceful disobedience.
People at La Puya have been protesting against the mine for two years. They have set a campsite on the side of the road by the entrance to the mine.
Last week, these peaceful protesters were violently evicted from the area, and during this eviction several people, including children, were hurt.
I was told of a man who got his leg broken by a tear gas canister fired at point blank. Another woman had a bruise about 5 inches in diameter, again from a tear gas canister.

No, these people are not infiltrated by foreign instigators, no, these are people who are aware of the “presumed” damage mining operations can cause to their immediate health and way of life.

Paint it Orange

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Here some politics to get you bored.
My childhood province is being governed by X political party for which Orange is its emblematic color. And of course, everything around town is being painted orange, same tone as the political party. Even the traffic police vehicles have been labeled orange.
Paint it Orange.

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Toll Roads

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

There is only one Toll Road here in Guatemala. I’ve travel this route by bicycle several times and last Sunday I had to travel by car. The price was around $1.94. Not a big deal right? Well, this stretch of road is not more than 18.5 miles, the average price per mile: ¢.10 U.S. Dollars. Almost as expensive as those toll roads in the U.S.A. (¢20 U.S. Dollars per mile). Not a big deal right, except for: the average income in the U.S. is around $2,300 monthly and the Guatemalan average monthly income is around $350.
Don’t you love our Corporatocracy!?
Toll Roads

About The Presidential Divorce

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

There was a general perception (at least for the most informed people) that the presidential candidacy of the Guatemala’s Ex-First Lady Sandra Torres was a violation of the law. This has been finally decided and the constitutional court determines it can not be formally registered as a candidate.

In the main picture a college student carrying a sign saying: Presidential Divorce = Election Fraud.

For more information you can visit the following link.

Calle Martí

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

In Guatemala occurs the overthrow of President Estrada Cabrera in 1920; what was known as the Estrada Cabrera Boulevard should begin to be called in another way, as expected. The government in fact, created a law that prohibits naming any monument, street or any building with the name of a president.

Until the middle of the last century for political relations with Cuba as well as a tribute to the centenary of his birth, the street is named as the recognized Cuban writer: José Martí.

Today Calle Martí is one of the most crowded streets in the Guatemala City and more chaotic during rush hour as you will notice in the picture.