Ramiro Choc is Free!

After nearly six years in prison, inspirational q’eqchi’ leader Ramiro Choc is free! Read more about Ramiro or watch a video about Ramiro. Since his release Ramiro has continued to organize in defense of q’eqchi’ communities, hundreds of which have been disappeared in attacks such as the “evictions” shown in this video.

Emergency support for Monte Olivo

carlos guitz

On November 8, 2013, Carlos Guitz was shot in the back and paralyzed.  GSP donors have supported therapy, but we need more contributions to his recovery.  Unlike several months ago, Guitz now has sensation in most of his body.  He also recently has been able to move his toes for the first time.  We condemn continued attacks against Guitz's home community of Monte Olivo, as well as other neighboring q'eqchi' communities.  We call for the government to immediately arrest the intellectual authors of this violence, which has included the murder of 13 year-old Ageo Isaac Maas Guitz and 11-year-old David Estuardo Pacay Mass.  We believe that those responsible include the company Hidro Santa Rita SA and the wealthy land owner David Leonel Ponce Ramirez.  We condemn the government of Guatemala for building a military base in the community of Monte Olivo in order to facilitate the theft of their lands.

Crisanto Cuc Xol is free!

July 27 2014: Thanks in part to the GSP and our supporters, Q'eqchi' community leader/political prisoner Crisanto Xol was released from prison last week. Xol also no longer has a home to go to.His home was burned down after he was illegally detained on November 30, 2013. Xol and the GSP are requesting continued solidarity with Saquimo Setana and other indigenous and peasant communities in Guatemala which are organizing for justice