The 3rd day of the trip has been such a bug day in terms of what we went and saw. We visited La Puya today which was an inspiration and so amazing what they are doing there. They have peacefully resisted a mining company that is trying everything to make them become violent so that they can have the police violently remove the resistance. The people that are down there constantly are in 6 groups of 20 that take turns in 24 hour shifts to keep the company Kappes, Cassiday, and associates from starting the mining process. The members there sleep outside without any beds or anything to sleep on while exposed to everything on the side of a dirt road. They live off of donated food and boiled water that has eight times the top levels of Arsenic. The members of the La Puya blockade on the entrance to the mine are valiant and brave. They are trying to stop something that would be devastating to their community. They have solidified as a community with systems in place to call in reinforcements as soon as the people are needed. They have been doing this kind of thing with violence and many other things that have been sent their way and the whole time stood strong for over 22 months now. These members have tried to have discussions, but each time they go to the table they have their items removed and it basically turns into what the other groups want to try and force on them. This is the most successful block as of this day in Guatemala where the government has given land without informing anyone who it would affect. They have not cared about the people and do not seem to care where the actual people they represent are concerned. Instead of looking out for the people the government seems, from its actions, to care more about getting money and pleasing foreign companies that come in to exploit and trample its own people.
The trip has been inspiring and great so far with everything matching up dealing with history and repression. The government seems to have only changed some, but not where it is important for the people. They have still suffered many indignities, especially in terms of the abuse of human rights that continues to today. The people here are suffering and need help.