Target: Police Department of Totonicapan, Guatemala
Goal: Prosecute police and military officials responsible for killing and injuring indigenous Guatemalan protesters
Protesting over electricity prices and educational reform, thirty indigenous Guatemalans were injured and seven others killed. Thousands of Guatemalans from the poor rural area shouted in anger over the brutality that occurred during the peaceful protest.
President Otto Perez Molina has since acknowledged that government forces opened fire during the protest in question, negating his initial claim that police and troops on the scene were unarmed and that protesters provoked the clash. United Nations human rights officers have been dispatched to the scene to verify information and move forward in punishing perpetrators.
President Molina posits that government forces opened fire at the scene of the protest, yet officials on the ground were unarmed. This brings into question the nature of the violence that led to these half a dozen deaths. As a marginalized group, the pleas for justice on behalf of Totonicapan civilians will go ignored without an effective coalition to ask for justice on their behalf. Sign this petition and defend the rights of indigenous Guatemalans.
Dear Totonicapan Police Department,
The people of Totonicapan want and need justice for the regrettable actions your forces have taken against nearly forty civilians, resulting in 30 injured and seven dead. As a member of the international community, I am aware of your department’s brutality against indigenous civilians. I condemn these actions. Your role in society is to protect civilians from harm, not inflict it upon them. Peaceful protests for fair electricity prices and educational reform do not warrant attack.
Please comply with the wishes of the Totonicapan community and its supporters in providing the facts needed to move forward with the case. United Nations human rights workers have been sent to uncover and clarify the happenings of these unfortunate events. Promote transparency within your organization and see that justice is served. Terminate the employees that have carried out these horrific acts and set an appropriate standard.
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