Former Mexican Governor Javier Duarte Used Unknowing Indigenous Peoples to Flee to Guatemala

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Apr 27, 2017, 11:54 am
Former Mexican Governor Javier Duarte Used Unknowing Indigenous Peoples to Flee to Guatemala
Javier Duarte allegedly entered Guatemala through a bling spot on the Mexican border with the help of multiple indigenous groups unaware of the arrest warrant issued against him by Mexican police and Inteprol. (Twitter)

EspañolFormer Governor Javier Duarte’s escape from Mexico has been a mystery to many, because he didn’t use a plane or record an entry or exit across the border with Guatemala.

The mystery, however, is beginning to unravel.

The former Governor of Veracruz entered Guatemala through Solola, a department 93 miles from the country’s capital of Guatemala City. There’s a blind spot along the Mexican border there near Huehuetenango. Duarte and his wife were reportedly assisted by indigenous people on both sides of the border who don’t speak Spanish.


Javier Duarte apparently took advantage of the people’s hospitality in order to pass through unnoticed, and which would have allowed him to easily avoid immigration authorities aware of the arrest warrant issued by Interpol and Mexican police.

The former governor and his wife were transported by several indigenous populations without having to pass by Guatemala City. Among them were the Achi, Akateco, Awakateco, Chalchiteco, Ch’orti, c ‘, Chuj , Itza ‘, Ixil and Jacalteco.

They were near the town of Panajachel in the Solola department located four hours away from the Guatemalan capital and where two Mayan languages are spoken: Kaqchikel and Tz’utujil.

Mexican media outlets such as Sin Embargo pointed out the irony of Duarte’s movement through Guatemala and his reliance on indigenous people to maintain his anonymity. While he was governor of Veracruz, where ethnic populations made up a large percentage of his constituents, he stole money from public works projects that would have benefitted them.

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.

Venezuelan Public Defender Dies from Heart Attack after Losing Job over Refusal to March for Dictatorship

By: Karina Martín - Apr 27, 2017, 11:28 am

EspañolA public employee who refused to attend a rally in support of Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro died of a heart attack shortly after being fired. Public defender Yomar Hernandez died from a heart attack that many claim is associated with the heightened pressure on workers in the public sector to support the country's dictatorship. Executive Director of the Venezuelan Justice Organization Lilia Camejo said pro-government marches are referred to as "special activities" internally, and absence from them is considered grounds for immediate removal. Hernandez, 42, was fired from the Public Defender's Office in Guarenas on April 18 along with seven other attorneys who were asked to stay at work despite having completed their work day. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   "On April 18, all defenders were told to not leave their jobs and those already in their homes had to return with the excuse of presenting a report of detainees," Camejo said. The report allegedly had to be delivered to the Director of Security Major Baltazar Barreiros, Susana Barreiros's brother in Commission Services. It forced all attorneys to stay in their offices and have their pictures taken. At 7 pm a Human Resources Commission from the Ombudsman's Office reportedly arrived to dismiss those who did not want to comply. The pressure of being unemployed with two children was too much, Hernandez had told her friends at the time. Last Tuesday, April 25, she died of a heart attack. Read More: France Must Not Follow in America’s War on Terror Footsteps Read More: Donald Trump and the GOP Are Missing their Chance at “Draining the Swamp” "We were told that her heart split in half," Camejo said. "We are waiting for the medical report." This is not the first case of intimidation and dismissal within Venezuela's public  institutions. A similar event was reportedly carried out at the Caracas Court of Justice against 18 public defenders. According to Camejo, public workers have even been forced to sweep up trash, and though some have submitted their resignation after refusing to comply with the demand, their resignations "have not been accepted." Sources: El Estímulo; La Patilla; Run Run.

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