Issue: Impunity / Resistance / Land
For background information please view and read the previous photo-essays on the Nueva Linda case:
Nueva Linda: Along the Side of the Road
The People of Nueva Linda
Christmas in Nueva Linda
A delegation of community members from San Juan Sacatepequez showed their solidarity with the ongoing struggle for land and justice in Guatemala’s southern coast. Currently, several communities from San Juan Sacatepequez live out a serious territorial conflict with a cement-mining project that has been operating in their municipality.
During the first years of the struggle, the community in resistance consisted of roughly ten champas, or palm-roofed huts. But, on February 2008, dozens of campesinos in solidarity joined the community settled on the narrow shoulder of the highway. The following photographic sequence displays the construction of the champas that today house members of the Justice For Nueva Linda Civil Association.
Today, 256 people settle the community in resistance along kilometer 207 in over 80 plastic, cardboard and palm-roofed huts.
Grandchildren of the forcibly disappeared Hector Reyes who were born during these past 5 years in resistance.
Mariano Calel, legal representative of the Justice For Nueva Linda Civil Association, shares the latest news regarding a project financed by a Swiss-based solidarity group named Kilometer 207. The final details of the project, which hopes to strengthen the organization and provide funds for an agricultural production project, will be completed and revealed during the first months of 2010.
To contact and for more information:
Rights Action dossier on the Nueva Linda case (In Spanish): Masacre en Nueva Linda: Caso Abierto.
Versión en español aquí.