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Guatemala
 

 Antagonists

Left wing guerrillas

Government forces

Belize

Status

Active

Connections

Central America Wars

Guatemala

Explanation

There are left wing guerrillas who, to some extent, represent the descendants of the original inhabitants and fight in the name of democracy, and especially land reform. The government forces receive assistance from the United States, whose government is afraid that the guerrillas would set up a Communist government. But little assistance goes into land reform which would tackle the roots of the problem.

The regime could be classified as similar to Apartheid in which the power is in the hands of the descendants of the colonizers.

There has been a claim to Belize.

In January 1994 the war spilled over into southern Mexico with a revolt by Mayas in the Mexican state of Chiapas.

Cautiously, it may be that the war has now ended and a democratic government may allow things to improve.
But in practice only far right and rightwing parties are allowed to contest elections and the indigenous people remain oppressed.

Last revised 10/11/07


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