News From Guatemala
Periodical profile published 1980
Publisher: News from Guatemala, Toronto, Canada
Year Published: 1980
Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number: CX2022
Abstract: The purpose of the monthly newsletter, News From Guatemala, is to inform Canadians of political events in Guatemala. It is an attempt to reach out for Canadian support in defending human rights, and does this through protesting the actions of the Guatemalan government. Each issue includes an appeal for readers to express solidarity with people of Guatemala through supporting this newsletter.
This issue describes the recent action of the Guatemalan police at the Spanish embassy in Guatemala. Peasants took over the embassy in an attempt to secure a halt to the military repression in rural areas. One specific request the peasants made was for the Spanish embassy to sit on a mediation committee to investigate repression in rural Guatemala. The agreement was in process of being peacefully worked through when the police attacked and burned the embassy, leaving thirty-nine people dead. Span has subsequently broken off diplomatic ties with Guatemala, stating that this break would remai0n in force "as long as the tragic events are not completely cleared up."