On Monday night, I got a call from Danielle DeLuca from Cultural Survival who said she was heading to the capital, Guatemala City, early Tuesday morning to march in a giant procession of indigenous people from all across the country.
Happy Columbus Day …?
The march began early in the morning and snaked through the different zones of the city, eventually ending at the front steps of Congress. If I had to guess, there were about 10,000 people that participated.
They walked slowly in two lines at times, but mainly in a wandering mass that filled the street, blocking off the noisy traffic of the congested capital.
The speakers blared condemnations of the United States and capitalism, of the mining practices that have ravaged indigenous lands and of the second-class citizenship that the indigenous feel they are being subjected to.
The event was peaceful and I didn’t witness any violence or harm. I think the only abuse was suffered by my body which I deprived of water the whole day while shooting in the hot Central American sun.