Saturday, February 18, 2012

Union leader murdered in Guatemala, violence against unions increasing

The LINyM[es] reports that Miguel Ángel González Ramírez, member of the Banana Workers Union of Izabal (SITRABI) was shot dead when he returned home after a football match. He is the fifth member of this union murdered in the last 10 months alone. 

He used to have police protection since his relative Marco Tullio Ramírez Portela, leader of the same union, was murdered in 2007. However the government removed his protection recently in spite of the growth in class murders.

SITRABI has repeatedly denounced the lack of protection by the Guatemalan state, a mere client of North American corporations.

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