The history of the campesinos of Guatemala

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Campesinos Charge Plantation Owners with Land Invasion
Cerigua Weekly Briefs, 11 January 1996. Claiming to uphold the right to private property based on titles, Guatemala's agricultural elite has called for legal measures to oust campesinos who occupy the estates they occupy by right of customary law. But two indigenous communities have brought a suit against local estate owners for invading the lands for which they can document a legal right.
Clear head, solid heart and combative fist of the rural workers
Declaration of the Fifth National Assembly of the Committee of Peasant Unity (CUC), 15 April 1996. On the occasion of the Fifth National Assembly, a message of solidarity.
Campesino Protest Meets Official Indifference
Cerigua Weekly Brief, 25 September 1997. Campesinos marched to the Presidential Office on Land Conflict Resolution and the Agrarian Transformation Institute (INTA). The list of demands was greeted by silence, and tempers flared. CONIC had given the government time to comply with its obligations on the land issue as laid out in the December 1996 peace accords, but nothing had happened.
CPRs to Put Down Roots
Cerigua Weekly Briefs, 11 December 1997. Government's timetable for the resettlement of more than 8,000 people in the Communities of Resistance (CPRs) of the Sierra. In the early 1980s, the campesinos who later formed the CPRs fled the army's scorched earth campaigns by going into hiding in the jungle, where they were constantly hunted and bombarded by the military. They went public about their plight in 1991.
Massive Rural March Extracts Gov't Promises
By Celina Zubieta, IPS, 13 October 1999. Peasant farmers demonstrate in front of the presidential palace, demanding an explanation for the minimal progress made in complying with Guatemala's 1996 peace agreement. CONIC said that the march achieved its goal of forcing the government to receive the rural delegation and listen to rural communities. The delegation asked the government to comply with the 1996 peace accords.