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Indigenous farmers take the lead

•, Louisa Reynolds
 Visibly exhausted after their grueling 200-kilometer (125-mile) walk from various parts of the country including the Quiché highlands and the northern department of Huehuetenango, over 1,500 indigenous protestors entered Guatemala City on March 26.

The march included a large number of Mayan women, who walked across the country with their infants strapped to their backs, wrapped in traditional shawls, and whose feet were severely cracked by the time they reached the city.

Their arrival at the capital’s Parque Central, where they waved red flags in front of the national palace, was the culmination of the “Indigenous, Peasant and Popular March in Defense of Mother Earth and Integral Rural Development and Against Land Evictions and the Criminalization of Indigenous Demands,” that was organized by the Committee for Campesino Unity, known as CUC, and left the city of Cobán, in the highland department of Alta Verapaz, on March 19.

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