The history of Native Guatemala
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- Accord Anniversary Sparks Little Official
- Cerigua Weekly Briefs, 24
March 1996. March 31 will mark the first anniversary of
the signing of the Accord on Indigenous Peoples Rights
and Identity. But indigenous groups say the government
and other sectors of society have taken little interest
in preparing for the accord's implementation.
- Campesinos Resume Land Struggle
- From the Cerigua Weekly Briefs,
16 October 1996. Land seizure to leverage
- Indigenous People Demand Constitutional
- Centr-Am News, September 20 -
October 3, 1998. Some 3,000 Guatemalan campesinos blocked
highways to demand approval of changes to the Guatemalan
constitution that would benefit the indigenous people.
The peace accords signed on December 29, 1996 ending the
36-year long civil war were in danger of falling apart
because, without constitutional reforms, there is no legal
basis to enforce the accords.
- Peace Has Not Curtailed Indigenous
- By Celina Zubieta, IPS, 19 July 1999. After many years
in the mountains fleeing the civil war, the Ixil and
Quiche indigenous peoples now have peace, but they also
have precarious housing and they lack food on their
community farms. They include members of the Comunidades
de Poblaciones en Resistencia (CPR) who did not participate
in the armed conflict, but were considered guerrillas
by the Guatemalan army.
- Mob Attacks Guatemala Police Station
- AP, 16 October 2001. A group of 1,000 Indians attacked
a police station in a rural area in northern Guatemala,
Concepcion Huista, 220 miles north of Guatemala City.
The people were angered when authorities made no arrest
in the shooting death of a local man. Many believed
police officers were responsible for the slaying.