Target: Guatemalan President Otto Perez
Goal: Urge President Otto Perez to fulfill his promise and stop all organized criminals
Guatemala is one of the world’s most murderous nations per capita. On February 8, 2014, six adults and two young children–a five year old girl and a three month old baby girl–were mercilessly shot and killed in their home. They lived in a small farming village in Peten, where drug trafficking is extremely prevalent. Sadly, this is only one of many cases of murderous bloodbaths fueled by drug trafficking related activities.
Powerful drug cartels use the border shared by Peten and Mexico to smuggle their cocaine from South America to the United States. This consequently results in an immensely dangerous living environment for the people who live in the farming village of Peten. During May of 2011, a Mexican drug cartel mercilessly and viciously beheaded 27 farmworkers in Peten over a dispute with the farm owner regarding their drug trafficking routes. As the drug cartels continue to use the drug trafficking routes in Peten, the lives of the farm workers, the farm owners, and their families will be constantly at risk.
These crimes have gone on far to long. The homicides in Guatemala have been slightly increasing over the past few years and the numbers continue to rise. President Otto Perez is in the third year of his four year term and he has finally promised to crack down on all the drug cartels. Sign this petition and urge President Otto Perez to quickly fulfill his promise.
Dear President Otto Perez,
It has come to my attention that you have recently made a promise to crack down on and punish all organized criminals. Unfortunately, this decision has come too late for the two young girls and their family members who were shot to death in their home in Peten.
The drug trafficking cartels responsible for these murders will not hesitate to kill anyone who stands in their way. They have no regard for any human life. The drug cartels are the main reason why so many innocent people are being brutally murdered over matters they most likely are not a part of. The killings need to cease and you have to be the person to put an end to them.
If you plan on fulfilling your promise to stop these criminals, I suggest that you do it sooner rather than later; for everyday you wait, more lives are in danger of the cartels’ vicious acts of violence.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Cpl. Daniel A. Negrete via Wikimedia