I recently discovered a great podcast in Spanish called Radio Ambulate. Its episodes are very interesting. It’s creators also do some podcasts in English. There was a recent episode about Guatemala called “Rununcia Ya” (Resign Now). In 22 minutes, it tells the story about how the Guatemalan people forced its President to resign. The Renuncia Ya movement started off as a Facebook post and grew into a series of mass popular protests.
A follow up piece in English with Francisco Goldman is also worth listening to. He wrote a recent New Yorker Magazine story about the events and the back-story entitled ”
When I lived in Guatemala (in the late-1980s), speaking out publicly against the government would get you killed. It is heartening that, although corruption, violence, and political killings are still rampant in Guatemala, its people are now able to engage in political dissent in a public way. Perhaps not always safely, but it appears that there is now more space to voice concerns .
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