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  • Stop violence against women in Guatemala

    An article published in this weekend's Sunday Times focuses on the brutal violence suffered by women in Guatemala. According to the article, over ten women a week were murdered last year, many of them in extremely violent circumstances. Please join us in calling on the Guatemalan authorities to take immediate action to prevent further killings and to bring the perpetrators to justice.
    http://www.amnesty.org.uk/

    I read the article in question, and it really is deeply disturbing. I mean it says "murdered" up there, but really the women are being raped, mutilated, and left for dead. In horrendous numbers, and with no investigation by the police.

    You should be able to find the article online free for the next seven days by going to the ST site and searching for "Guatemala" (it's the top result marked "Beasts of prey")

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/section/0,,2086,00.html
    "That which does not kill us, makes us stranger." - Trevor Goodchild

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    There's a report here too:

    http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index...pen&of=ENG-GTM
    "That which does not kill us, makes us stranger." - Trevor Goodchild

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    • #3
      The Guatemaltecan governments have been a pretty nasty lot one after the other ever since the US overthrew a moderate government there in 1954 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_PBSUCCESS

      The inhabitants of Belize, a territory claimed by Guatemala, knew well why they wanted to keep British protection albeit being independent.

      Women and Maya Indians are those who suffer most.
      Google ergo sum

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      • #4
        And now Hurricane Stan... :(

        http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4324038.stm

        KNOWN DEATH TOLL
        Guatemala - 652
        El Salvador - 71
        Mexico - 17
        Nicaragua - 10
        Honduras - 4
        Costa Rica - 2
        "That which does not kill us, makes us stranger." - Trevor Goodchild

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        • #5
          Thank you for posting this, Dee. I haven't heard anything about this in US news, but that's not surprising. Sometimes I think they don't tell us shit over here. I guess our Barbie and Ken news anchors either aren't up to such news or aren't allowed to report about it. And people here in the States don't seem to realize just how censored the news is. I live in the Great Lakes region, near enough to the Canadian border that I get a Canadian TV station and the news they have on there is often much different than what is on the US news. The Canadian station would actually have stories like this one about the women in Guatemala.

          At the Amnesty International UK site I found an article about stopping violence against women and girls. They ask people to think of what a world without violence against women would be like and then to submit a one sentence description of it. I posted a sentence and sent a link to my friends.
          WWED -- What Would Elric Do?

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