Guatemala– In Pictures: Protest March to Free Ruben Herrera

May 08, 2013

On the anniversary of the death of Andres Fransisco Miguel, community leader of Santa Cruz Barillas, Huehuetenango, the people of Huehuetenango and neigboring areas in Guatemala came together in protest May 1st. They denounced the disrepect of their right as Indigenous Peoples to be consutled on development projects, by the State of Guatemala and foreign companies like Spanish dam company Hidralia Energia. They protested illegal arrest and detention of Ruben Herrera, who is a community leader active against the dam, and the kidapping and murder of Daniel Pedro Mateo, founder of community radio station Snuq' Jolom Konob and environmental activist.
 

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Daniel Pedro Mateo: Martyr for the defense of community rights, territory, and mother nature. Q'anjobal Hero of Santa Eulalia.

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Concepcion Huista: We Are All Barillas

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Freedom for Ruben Herrera, Justice for the death of Daniel Pedro.

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We are not criminals, we defend our lives and territory.

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We demand respect for community consulations.

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Protestors march with signs in front of a propoganda billboard for right-wing president Otto Perez Molina.

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No to Mining, Yes to Life

 

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Our earth and our bodies, we defend them we don't sell them.

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No more repression, free Ruben Herrera.

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Mother and child in march.

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Lorenzo Fransisco Mateo, of Community Radio station Snuq' Jolom Konob' in Santa Eulalia, Huehuetenango interviews the partner of Ruben Herrera, Celia Merida.

 

Take Action:  Deman the release of Ruben Herrera on this Causes.com petition.

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