September 13, 2018
Military-backed government of Guatemala sent “Kaibiles” special forces into the streets in an illegal show of power against CICIG, the UN institution prosecuting corruption and organized crime that has infiltrated all branches of the government and state
Members of the Kaibilies, a special forces wing of the Guatemalan military, illegally assembled in the streets of Guatemala City today (September 11). Photo: La Hora newspaper
Over the last week and a half, Guatemalan communities have organized in swift response to the political crisis that has been unfolding since President Jimmy Morales announced his government will not renew the mandate of a vital U.N.-backed anti-corruption mission known as the CICIG. As organizations continue to call for peaceful demonstrations, NISGUA has received multiple reports of increased police and military presence in the streets.
Call & contact
We are troubled by these developments and urge you to call your nearest Guatemalan Consulate in the U.S. to express your deep concern about escalated military and police presents in the streets and to demand that peaceful protest be respected. Find contact information for Guatemalan Consulates in the U.S. here: https://nisgua.org/wp-content/uploads/Guatemalan-Embassy-and-Consulates-2018.pdf.
Send copies to your own Senators and Members of Congress, asking them to make public statements in favour of full support and funding for CICIG’s on-going work.
We're closely following the situation and ask you to join us in keeping your eyes on Guatemala today and over the next couple of weeks. For the most up-to-date information and analysis, follow us on: Twitter: @Nisgua_Guate; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NISGUA.English/; Blog: https://nisgua.org/nisguablog/; where we will be posting more information.
The NISGUA Team
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