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Guatemalan farmers in mass march to fight land seizures

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Thousands of indigenous farmers have finished an eight-day march to Guatemala's capital to protest government-backed land seizures by large landowners.

The protesters say they want a halt to small farmers being driven off land in favor of sugar plantations, mines and oil projects.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said this month that Guatemalan police acting on government orders have expelled hundreds of Indian families from their land.



Source: AP