Indigenous Communities in Guatemala Fight Against the Privatization of Sacred Sites
Date Written: 04/03/2016
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX19027
In recent years, the popular tourist attraction of Semuc Champey in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz has become a point of social conflict for the indigenous Q'eqchi' Mayan communities surrounding the site. On February 8, tensions erupted and led to the occupation of the municipality building of Lanquín by over 200 members of the communities near the tourist attraction. Community members demanded the recuperation of the site. Since that day, residents have maintained management of the park.