Three hundred community members organized by the ADH took over the Mesiilla check point on the Guatemala-Mexico border on August 9, protesting the “third safe country” agreement, systemic impunity & the invasion of their territorries by extractive industry. Photo Credit: Departamental Assembly of Peoples of Huehuetenango (ADH)
Guatemala resists U.S. border imperialism
The War on Drugs and other U.S. foreign policy disasters have moved the southern U.S. border further and further south for decades. In July, the Trump administration accelerated this push south by declaring Guatemala a “third safe country,” weeks after militarizing the border department of Huehuetenango with U.S. troops. Two weeks later, movements fighting corruption and defending land and historical memory were dealt another blow with the election of another far-right president.