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Yesterday, October 4th 2012, forces from the Guatemalan army and the National Police opened fire on a protest of indigenous civilians from the municipality of Totonicapan who were protesting new constitutional reforms, an educational reform law proposed without consulting the indigenous population, and the rising price of energy.

This is part of a larger pattern of the official use of excessive repressive violence in the name of democracy and the rule of law carried out by previous "democratic" regimes, and by current president, General Otto Perez Molina. Perez Molina held the rank of commander in the Ixil triangle during the extreme counterinsurgency violence of the 1980s, and was implicated as part of the chain of command in the murder of Guatemalan Archbishop, Juan Gerardi after the release of the Catholic Church's truth historical memory project from his office in 1998.

The post below is an English and Spanish translation of the protest letter written by the MSICG, the Movimiento Sindical, Indigena y Campesino de Guatemala. (the Guatemalan Labor, Indigenous, and Peasant Movement). Please forward through your networks.

In Solidarity

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MSICG CONDEMS THE ATTACK BY THE ARMY AND THE NATIONAL POLICE ON THE INDIGENOS POPULATION OF THE FORTY EIGHT CANTONES OF TOTONICAPAN
The labor, indigenous and peasant movement of Guatemala—MSCCG—condemns the massacre executed by the army and agents of the National Police (PNC) against the brothers and sisters of the 48 villages of Totonicapan, who had convened in a peaceful protest with the goal of manifesting their opposition to the constitutional reforms proposed by the executive, the “educational reform” imposed by the Ministry of Education without consulting the indigenous population and the high cost of electricity.

The attack of the army and the PNC against the indigenous population has had a price of 4 dead and 37 wounded and 35 poisoned, all of them members of the civilian population.

The MSICG profoundly laments the pronouncement of the Procurador of Human Rights in the declarations on the radio station sonora, given that the fundamental duty of the State is to preserve the life and physical integrity of the person and no right comes before this fundamental right, and State forces are the principals obligated to guarantee it, at least in a democratic society.

It should be remembered that the imposition of the so-called educational reform has also been the motive for illegal detention, and this is the condition that the professor Edgar Jonatan Avalos Rodriguez finds himself in as a result of the acquiescence on the part of the judiciary and the Public Ministry To keep him in such a situation despite being unbelievable the acts by virtue of which his detention is founded.

The MSICG demands that the General Otto Perez Molina follow through with his affirmation that he will find out who is responsible for the excessive use of force against the brothers and sisters of the 48 cantones of Totonicapan, and that that investigation of the responsible parties covers in totality the chain of command responsible for the acts.

The MSICG calls out to the national and international community to demonstrate your support to the brothers and sisters of the 48 cantones of Totonicapan and your concern for the grave violations of human rights incurred by the Guatemala army and National Police against the civilian indigenous population and the absurd use of disproportionate public force.

Guatemala, October 4th 2012.

POLITICAL BOARD
GUATEMALAN LABOR, INDIGENOUS, AND PEASANT MOVEMENT

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MSICG CONDENA ATAQUE DEL EJERCITO Y LA POLICIA NACIONAL CIVIL A POBLACIÓN INDIGENA DE LOS CUARENTA Y OCHO CANTONES DE TOTONICAPAN

El Movimiento sindical, indígena y campesino guatemalteco –MSICG- condena la masacre ejecutada por el ejército y agentes de la Policía Nacional Civil en contra de las compañeras y compañeros de los 48 cantones de Totonicapán quienes habían sido convocados a una manifestación pacífica por los líderes indígenas de los cuarenta y ocho cantones de Totonicapán con la finalidad de manifestar su oposición a las reformas constitucionales propuestas por el poder ejecutivo,  la denominada reforma educativa impuesta por el Ministerio de Educación sin consultar  a los pueblos indígenas y el elevado costo de la energía eléctrica.

El ataque del ejército y de la Policía Nacional contra la población indígena ha tenido ya una cauda de 4 muertos, 37 heridos y 35 intoxicados, todos de la población civil.

El MSICG lamenta profundamente el pronunciamiento realizado por el Procurador de los Derechos Humanos en las declaraciones realizadas en radio sonora toda vez que el deber fundamental del Estado es preservar la vida y la integridad física de la persona y ningún derecho se encuentra por encima de este derecho fundamental y son las fuerzas del Estado las principales obligadas a garantizarla, al menos en una sociedad democrática.

Debe recordarse que la imposición de la denominada reforma educativa ha sido también motivo de que haya sido ilegalmente detenido y se encuentre en esa condición el profesor Edgar Jonatan Avalos Rodríguez debido a la aquiescencia por parte del poder judicial y del Ministerio Público para mantenerlo en tal situación aún a pesar de ser inverosímiles los hechos en virtud de los cuales se fundamenta su detención y la supuesta flagrancia.

El MSICG exige al General Otro Pérez Molina cumpla con su afirmación de deducir responsabilidades en contra de los responsables directos por el uso desmedido de la fuerza en contra de las compañeras y compañeros de los Cuarenta y Ocho Cantones de Totonicapán pero que tal deducción de responsabilidades abarque la totalidad de la línea de mando responsable por tales hechos.

El MSICG hace un llamado a la comunidad nacional e internacional a manifestar su solidaridad hacia los compañeros de los cuarenta y ocho cantones de Totonicapán y su preocupación por las graves violaciones a los derechos humanos incurridas por el ejército de Guatemala y la Policía nacional Civil en contra de la población indígena de los cuarenta y ocho cantones de Totonicapán en un uso absurdo y desproporcional de la fuerza pública.

Guatemala, 4 de octubre de 2012.

CONSEJO POLÍTICO
MOVIMIENTO SINDICAL, INDIGENA Y CAMPESINO GUATEMALTECO
MSICG

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