Guatemalan Campesinos Abandon Power Plant

September 17, 2004

GUATEMALA CITY (AFP) –Hundreds of Guatemalan campesinos,who last week occupied one of the country’smost important power plants forthree days, abandoned the plant lastThursday following a preliminary agreementwith the government, according toauthorities involved in the negotiations.“We signed an accord that establishesthe commitment of both sides to resolvethe conflict,” said German López, a mediatorwith Guatemala’s Human RightsOffice.On Sept. 7, hundreds of campesinostook over the northern zone’s Chicoyhydroelectric plant, 75 miles north ofGuatemala city, and threatened to shut itdown unless the government met theirdemands for better land. The campesinoswere displaced by the dam in 1978, andrelocated to land that they claim is inferiorin quality (TT, Sept. 10).“We were able to get the governmentto agree to review the demands of the 18communities that were affected by theconstruction of the hydroelectric dam.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Mexico opens border to women and children from migrant caravan
Honduras
728 views
Honduras
728 views

Mexico opens border to women and children from migrant caravan

AFP - October 20, 2018

Mexican authorities on Saturday allowed dozens of women and children from the Honduran migrant caravan to pass into its territory,…

Venezuela accuses Costa Rica of ‘subordination’ to U.S.
Costa Rica
1296 views
Costa Rica
1296 views

Venezuela accuses Costa Rica of ‘subordination’ to U.S.

AFP - October 20, 2018

Venezuela criticized Costa Rica this week for expressing support for several countries that have asked the International Criminal Court (ICC)…

Lifeguards call for help in Costa Rica: support their work in Osa
Changemakers
1753 views
Changemakers
1753 views

Lifeguards call for help in Costa Rica: support their work in Osa

Perry Gladstone - October 20, 2018

Over the last four years, the Lifeguards of Costa Ballena have performed 240 in-water rescues, administered first aid 100 times…