This article was written by Gustavo Illescas and originally posted in Spanish on CMI-Guatemala. Translation by NISGUA.
Under the motto “We are all northern Huehuetenango,” the Departmental Assembly of the Peoples of Huehuetenango (ADH) joined civil society organizations and community authorities on a caravan that left the municipality of Huehuetenango on April 6 to head towards their first stop – Santa Eulalia. Today, they will join in celebrations in Santa Cruz Barillas for the third anniversary of the resistance “Nuevo Amanecer” (New Dawn) located in the community of Poza Verde.
The “Nuevo Amanecer” resistance was formed after former President Otto Pérez Molina enacted a state of siege in Santa Cruz Barillas in May 2012. During the state of siege, massive human rights violations took place – including the illegal detention of Q’anjob’al and mestizo community leaders who oppose the hydroelectric projects being implemented by Hidro Santa Cruz, S.A., property of the Spanish transnational company, Hidralia.