Angry Guatemalans demand justice at burial of 6 people fatally shot during protest

MOISES CASTILLO,  Associated Press
October 05, 2012

TOTONICAPAN, Guatemala — Thousands of indigenous Guatemalans shouted in anger Friday and some threw themselves at the coffins of six local people who were shot to death during a protest over electricity prices and educational reform in a poor rural area.

PHOTO: A wounded man sits on the ground during clashes with peasants protesting against the cost of electricity in Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan, west of Guatemala City on Thursday Oct. 4, 2012. At least two people have been killed and dozen others seriously wounded in the confrontation between protesters and security forces. (AP Photo)

President Otto Perez Molina acknowledged that government forces had opened fire during the protest Thursday, after saying earlier that police and troops on the scene had been unarmed and the protesters had provoked the clash.

Human rights groups condemned the government’s actions and charged they were part of a pattern of excessive use of force against protesters.

The protesters were blockading a highway near the town of Totonicapan, about 90 miles west of Guatemala City, when two vehicles carrying soldiers arrived to help police who had been ordered to evict the demonstrators. Gunfire erupted after the troops came. Bullets killed six people and wounded 34, officials said.

“We were protesting right next to them when they opened fire on us,” said Rolando Carrillo, a 25-year-old protester with a bandaged arm and lacerated face that he said resulted from being hit during the clash.

[A wounded man sits on the ground during clashes with peasants protesting against the cost of electricity in Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan, west of Guatemala City on Thursday Oct. 4, 2012. At least two people have been killed and dozen others seriously wounded in the confrontation between protesters and security forces. (AP Photo)] Continue reading

New Orleans: 6 years later, Katrina Victims Still Seek Justice:

The Real News Network Interviews Jordan Flaherty


Jordan Flaherty: “New Orleans is a canary in a coal mine warning of what the rest of us could all be facing”
Tue, 08/30/2011  — The Real News Network
This week marks the 6th anniversary of Katrina, the man-made disaster which almost certainly killed many thousands more than the fraudulent official estimated death toll.  The Katrina crisis provided corporate and national policymakers the pretext and opportunity to deport hundreds of thousands of mostly black residents out of the region and to reorganize its economic and political life.  Six years later more than a hundred thousand cannot return, and for those who have, challenges and roadblocks abound…

The California Prisoner’s Hunger Strike Continues

[While the strike at Pelican Bay Prison has concluded, the struggle for justice there and throughout the California Prison System continues.  In several prisons, the hunger strike continues.  Here is a letter from a hunger striker at Tehachapi Prison, reporting on the hunger strike there. — Frontlines ed.]

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Voices from Solitary: Letter from a California Prison Hunger Striker

July 24, 2011
by Sal Rodriguez

The following letter was sent by a hunger striker at California Correctional Institution (CCI) Tehachapi, one of three state prison containing an all-solitary Security Housing Unit (SHU). The letter was written by an SHU inmate to his girlfriend, who forwarded it to Solitary Watch for publication. It is dated July 21, after the writer had been refusing food for three weeks.

I am glad the word is out, I’m just saddened that I don’t see anything on the news of our struggle. As far as we last heard it’s been like 12 prisons that are involved. Here there are a lot of people on strike — all races, Pelican Bay and Corcoran for sure.

As far as commissary, that’s a negative. It is CDC policy to search our cells and remove all store when hunger strikes begin, and they did so here.

All they do is weigh us and take our vitals (blood pressure, temp., and heart rate), but of course they weigh us in chains to weigh us down and they allow the c/o’s to operate the scale. I am at 171 on my last weigh-in, down from 185. They attempt to take my blood, which I refuse; I’m weak as it is, if I do that I’ll fall out.

They truly don’t care and they are perfectly content in watching us pass rather than admit fault and make changes to a policy that is brutal and baseless. I can’t take my medication anymore because I have to take it with food… I asked for help and they just ignored me. Continue reading

Black Agenda Report on the Struggle for Justice for Oscar Grant

Check out the Black Agenda Morning Shot for Monday, October 25th, 2010 with an interview with Jack Bryson, father of two of the victims at Oscar Grant’s murder, SEIU member, and key organizer of the Rally for Justice for Oscar Grant on Saturday, October 23rd in Oakland, CA organized by ILWU Local 10.

An Open Letter to the Justice for Oscar Grant Movement: Suggestions on Next Steps, Strategy and Unity Building

http://navigatingthestorm.blogspot.com/2010/07/open-letter-to-justice-for-oscar-grant.html

July 15, 2010

By Kali Akuno

National Organizer – Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Director of Education, Training, and Field Operations – US Human Rights Network

The righteous anger and indignation on graphic display in Oakland, California Thursday, July 8th at the mockery of justice rewarded to Johannes Mehserle for murdering Oscar Grant and the open collaboration of several non-profit organizations with the government to contain and delegitimatize the people’s resistance is a clarion call. It’s a call not just for justice for Oscar Grant and the countless victims of police terror, but for radical, systemic change. The anger, and its focus, indicates a heightened awareness on behalf of a new generation of working class Black, Latino and Asian youth of the intractable contradictions between the imperialist state and oppressed peoples and the willingness to challenge them.

A new phase of development and a new set of challenges now confront the movement to win justice for Oscar Grant. Continue reading