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Thu Mar 17 2005
Guatemala CAFTA Protests: Two protesters killed as "free trade" trumps freedom
Thu Mar 17 2005
Two die in Guatemala free trade protests
On Monday, March 14th in Guatemala, a national strike was called by various social and popular organizations that are opposed to the ratification of new trade accords with the United States. During protests in Colotenango, Huehuetenango on Tuesday, March 15th, a group of campesinos and teachers were violently repressed by the military. At least two protesters were killed and over 10 were seriously injured. Reports confirm that one of the protesters, Juan Lopez, was killed by a bullet to the head.

Three of the wounded who were in serious condition in the hospital were taken out by the National Civil Police (PNC) with the pretext of transferring them to the Institute of Social Security (IGSS). But it has been confirmed that the compañeros have not actually been taken to this assistance center.

The protests and the National Strike in opposition to CAFTA in Guatemala continued into Wednesday, March 16th. The administration of President Berger maintains its position against the protestors, citing the loss of 70 million Quetzales or the equivalent of almost $10 million dollars in exports and imports as a result of the roadblocks and national strike.

Reports: 1 | 2 | 3 | UK Indymedia coverage | Photos on Freedomsojourn.com | Links on PGA site | Global Indymedia coverage | Links at Globalinfo.nl | 12/2004 CAFTA signing protest in SF | Past Indybay CAFTA coverage
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