Since the overwhelming victory of President-Elect Bernardo Arévalo of the Semilla party in Guatemala’s August runoff election, government officials have been moving against Semilla to prevent Arévalo from taking office on January 14, 2024. Protests, led by Indigenous groups, have erupted across the country. International solidarity is necessary to encourage the Guatemalan people in their struggle to protect democracy, and let officials know that the world is watching and they cannot subvert elections with impunity.
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, together with the Latin American Working Group (LAWG) and the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission (GHRCUSA), and with the consultation of Maryknoll missioners and partners on the ground, has written a statement of solidarity for the public to sign.
Sign the letter of solidarity by noon, Wednesday, November 15.
Photo of Guatemalan protesters against corruption in the 2015 "Renuncia Ya 27A" campaign by HR Vargas via Flickr.