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Scandal over Guatemala’s VIP Prison Cell for Fugitive Mexican Governor

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Apr 25, 2017, 11:18 am
Guatemalans have alleged that Duarte has received preferential treatment in jail (
Guatemalans have alleged that Duarte has received preferential treatment in jail (Megalopolis).

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Mexican ex-governor Javier Duarte is being held in the military barracks San Rafael de Matamoros, located in Zone 1 of Guatemala City, where he has three meals a day, a concrete bed as a bed, and private accommodation, but this is not the reality of the rest of prisoners whose situation is much worse. Their relatives have expressed their disagreement with the special treatment that seems to have been given to the Mexican politician.

The more than 21,000 inmates in Guatemala‘s prisons are less concerned about finding place to sleep, or food that is not just eggs and beans, and more concerned with their basic security because often their lives are more at risk in jail than on the streets.

“Matamoros”, as it is called in Guatemala due to the aforementioned military barracks, is under the control of military personnel, surrounded by monitors and constant vigilance of both the army and the national police. In order to obtain access to Javier Duarte, permits are required from senior officials at the facility.

In Mexico, it is believed that the ex-official is going through difficult times in the Guatemalan penal center, however, the press of the Central American country reflects another reality by noting that Matamoros “is a VIP jail, for which it has come under criticism. There are only those who have money or can pay for good treatment,” says Jerson Ramos, a journalist from Prensa Libre, one of the most influential media outlets in Guatemala.

In Guatemala, the arrest of Javier Duarte has caused outrage as Guatemalan citizens have learned about the criminal acts he committed during his administration in the state of Veracruz.

Ramos says that:

“First Guatemalan society was removed from the situation, they seemed not to pay attention, but when it became known that he was corrupt and that had caused a lot of damage to the Mexican people with his actions, people began to get angry and to be more interested in the case, because it’s the same thing that is happening here.”

Source: Sin Embargo

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

To Avoid Crackdown, Venezuelan Opposition Will March Toward Surprise Location

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Apr 25, 2017, 11:04 am
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EspañolVenezuela's political opposition announced plans to march to the western part of Caracas this Wednesday, April 26 to continue its demand to end President Nicolás Maduro's dictatorship. The march will focus on downtown Caracas where the Ombudsman's Office, the National Electoral Council and Supreme Court of Justice buildings are located. Critics claimed that these three institutions are supposed to serve the Venezuelan people, but have instead served Maduro. It's true: the Ombudsman's Office has been dead silent as the country's political crisis escalates, while the National Electoral Council has made no effort to organize free and fair elections. And last month, the Supreme Courts ruled to dissolve the country's legislative branch, the National Assembly. Read More: Cuba’s Ladies in White Claim Normalization Made Repression Worse Read More: Castro Prepares for Pope’s Visit by Arresting 50 Ladies in White Dissidents "Three institutions are accomplices to the coup d'état," Congressman Miguel Pizarro said. "We are heading toward one of them." Pizarro explained they will not announce which of the three organizations they are marching toward, so as not to give the government "72 hours to prepare." Downtown Caracas is considered a stronghold of Chavez supporters. Several opposition marches were unable to reach the area due to strong government repression. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Political leaders have said they will remain on the streets until their demands are met. They want Supreme Court judges to be removed, political prisoners to be released and a humanitarian channel of communication to be opened to discuss the National Assembly and regional elections. Maduro's regime has armed paramilitary groups to intimidate each of the demonstrations, which has resulted in 24 fatalities so far. Sources: El Nuevo Herald; El Nacional

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