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Photo: In Guatemala's national day of protest today, Anonymous is a Mayan woman

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Just one of the many stunning images hitting social media today from the protests around Guatemala. An unprecedented number of Guatemalans of all economic, ethnic, and social backgrounds have united in the streets, calling for an end to corruption and the impeachment of president Otto Perez Molina.

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Guatemala national strike demands president linked to corruption and mass murder step down

Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina talks to reporters after an event in Zacapa, in this handout photograph released to Reuters by the Guatemala Presidency on August 21, 2015.


Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina talks to reporters after an event in Zacapa, in this handout photograph released to Reuters by the Guatemala Presidency on August 21, 2015.

Democracy Now did a great interview today with journalist Allan Nairn, on the unprecedented protests taking place today in Guatemala.

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Guatemala: Former police chief convicted in 1980s disappearance

Justice at last, in one case from the US-backed 36-year civil war in Guatemala where some of the "harsh techniques" our military now uses in Iraq and Afghanistan and Gitmo were first perfected.

Three decades after Pedro Garcia Arredondo ordered the torture and "disappearance" of an agronomy student, the former chief detective of Guatemala's now-defunct National Police has been convicted and sentenced to 70 years in prison. From Amnesty International today:

Witnesses testified how [Édgar Enrique Sáenz Calito] was taken to “the little room” (“el cuartito”) where the Sixth Command typically interrogated guerrilla suspects.

The victim’s wife Violeta Ramírez Estrada told the court how she visited her husband in a prison hospital following his arrest and he bore signs of having been tortured – he had been subjected to beatings, water-boarding and cigarette burns, and electric shocks had been applied to his genitals.


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