Category Archives: GuateSec

GuateSec is intended to provide a regular focus on issues relating to security and justice in Guatemala and the surrounding region, offering commentary and synthesis of key news reports and expert analysis.

GuateSec: Militarization in retreat?

Totonicapán: Justice system moves, protest surges Nine Guatemalan military personnel were arrested last Thursday, charged with extrajudicial execution and other crimes in relation to the deaths of indigenous protesters on October 4. Preliminary investigation by the Public Ministry established individual … Continue reading

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GuateSec: Militarization, U.S. Aid, and the War on Drugs

Guatemala and Honduras: Hammer and Anvil Staff Sgt. Robert J. Traxel, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was killed in Guatemala last July, struck in the head by a tree branch felled by helicopter draft. The … Continue reading

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GuateSec: A Guatemalan Spring? Popular protest and attacks against activists

Despite international validation of a disputed Presidential election which saw the authoritarian PRI party return to power, popular resistance is flourishing in Mexico. The student-led #YoSoy132 movement has continued to draw massive support for its post-election protests against political and … Continue reading

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GuateSec: This is what Mano Dura looks like

Guatemala is approaching six months of Otto Pérez Molina’s Patriot Party government, and while it is too early–and Guatemalan politics too volatile–to definitively signal the administration’s long-term impacts on issues related to security and justice, a review of this eventful … Continue reading

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GuateSec: Balance of power in the Patriot Party government

GuateSec is intended to provide a regular focus on issues relating to security and justice in Guatemala and the surrounding region, offering commentary and synthesis of key news reports and expert analysis. Today’s El Periodico newspaper contains a revealing analysis of … Continue reading

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