Guatemala Peasants Take Plantations

Tony Gosling tony at
Fri Apr 19 18:44:13 BST 2002

Guatemala Peasants Take Plantations 

The Guardian
Friday April 19, 2002 2:40 AM 

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) - Hundreds of peasants across northern Guatemala have
seized 14 coffee plantations and blocked highways to protest the country's
unfair distribution of farmland, officials said. 

Another group of protesters briefly blocked the main highway connecting the
Guatemalan capital with the country's south early Thursday, but authorities
reported that they were able to take down barricades of borders and
branches and reopen the road after several hours. 

Throughout the day Wednesday, farmers' groups in the northern provinces of
Alta Verapaz, Quiche and Huehuetenango stormed and occupied 14 private and
state-owned coffee plantations. There were no reported injures in the

Despite government efforts to negotiate peaceful resolutions to the
standoffs, protesters still controlled the plantations and their more than
12,300 acres of farmland late Thursday, said Daniel Pascual, head of the
National Association of Peasant Organizations, the group which organized
the uprisings. 

The organization said it presented a series of petitions to the
Agricultural Ministry asking officials to decentralize control of large
rural plantations. It has also asked the legislature to authorize more than
dlrs 53 million in agricultural aid to 750 farmers' groups. 

tony at

Join the Power Elite Public Information Service (PEPIS) monthly email list

US foreign policy is run by a private business club: The Council on Foreign
Relations ---

ps. If you get the "S" and the "11" and superimpose them you get a dollar
sign. Coincidence of course!


Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free.
Checked by AVG anti-virus system (
Version: 6.0.332 / Virus Database: 186 - Release Date: 06/03/02

[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

More information about the Diggers350 mailing list