Today speakers touch my hearts in ways that I can not explained in words. The first speaker was a lawyer that was in the genocide law suit against Rios Montt. A little background about him is that when he was little his entire family plus others in his village were massacre from the army while he hided in a tree and had to wait more than 48 hours to get out. The hardship that he had to live with inspired him to stand up against this atrocities from the government and become a lawyer to protect his people from this acts of violence. When he was in the genocide case, he soon realize that the lawyers of Montt where only interested in delaying and prolonging the case. They were also unprepared that the few witness that they had actual help the mayan. In this case there was 10 brave women that testified what had happened to them while the army kill and raped there people. He promised this women that no one would know that it was them and that the case would be private, but Montt’s lawyer wanted this trial to go public. This make the case harder, but still with this big obstacle the woman decide to testify and that help put Rios Montt to jail with other evident from anthropologist, scientist, and even mathematicians. After this victory, the lawyers had a big blow, because a court nullify the evidence. Now they have to wait until January 2015 to try to send Montt to jail for good, but they have an obstacle with new officials taking the old officials in office. When he spoke, I could feel and sense the emotion thought his speaking that I felt a strong connection with him.
The following was a group called La Puya in La Puya that has done a pacifies protests against the gold company from Canada that wants to do mining. The trip to the mining site did make some car sick, because of the multiple zig zag that the van was doing. When we got there we where greeted by a group of men and women with kids. We sat down and one of the people there told us their history of fighting the mining company. When I heard the story, an array of emotions overwhelm me. Back home, I have had similar experience not with mining company but with industries building companies in my ranch. When I was little, my dad worked in a ranch that raised cattle and sold them. After some years, the owners wanted to sell the land, so that a football stadium can be built but the community strongly protested against it. After this blow, the city that bought the land made multiple companies. We were relocated, but it caused a big hardship to my parents specially to my mom that I still have strong feeling against those companies and now in this new ranch, the same is about to happen.
I deeply admired the bravery of this people leaving there home 24 hours and staying in the site making sure the mining company does not go through the only entrance to the mining gate with their blockage as well. Living in uncomfortable “beds” in the cold and spending their own money to get food and water. The terror of the army coming and helping the gold company instead of it own people infuriates me. The mothers also have to protected their children from getting kill. I don’t get how the government can prefer damaging the environment instead of helping it get better. As it is, the water in the lake near by has already signs of high elevation of mercury and exports said that the mining will make it worse to the extend that one of the village will be gone. I talked to the men and women their and some of the taboo word that I sense a strong anger was combining negotiation and mining, which I strongly agree with. I don’t think I will ever forget this experience, especially a little kid that I talked to there name Andy.