11.5.23 – Día de la Revolución
From Mary McKay: On Oct. 20, Día de la Revolution, there were enormous demonstrations demanding a peaceful transition of power for President-elect Bernardo Arévalo. Although many of these were led by Maya Ancestral Leaders, there were market people, teachers, students, national hospitals and clinic staff, urban and rural, Indigenous and Latino, young and old, musicians, firefighters, etc. There has never been anything like this in Guatemalan history! (And our news only reports about Central American immigrants at the US border.) The government officials are holding tight, in speeches they are blaming the uprisings on foreign intervention (definitely meaning the US) and communists, which I consider unusual pairing. The Guatemalan army so far has stood by.