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The Flowers of Guatemala

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Brendan Barber, General Secretary of the TUC, has written to the Guatemalan ambassador in the UK to protest at the murder of Pedro Antonio Garcia, the fifth trade unionist to have been killed in Guatemala since November 2009, and at the attempted murder of Abel Barsilai Giron Roldan.

The letter points out that the murders and attacks are:

The most blatant aspect of a far wider policy which seems designed to destroy any form of independent trade union organisation and meaningful social dialogue in Guatemala

against the background of an escalation of attacks since 2005 documented by the ITUC. Shockingly, the local police commander is reported to have said, in the context of the attempted murder of Mr. Roldan, that ‘firing a weapon is not a crime’ – a phrase which not only gives succour to the murderers and to their sponsors, but which also appears to lend support to their campaign of terror.

The Flowers of Guatemala are blooming again.


Written by Calvin

17/02/2010 at 11:22 am

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