In Guatelmala, the Q’eqchí Mayan who lived along the River Dolores have relied on the river for their livelihoods for generations. But plans have been made for the construction of a dam upriver, the Santa Rita dam. The dam threatens the Q’eqchí Mayan’s land, and they demanded that the Guatemalan government halt construction of the dam out of respect for the indigenous Mayan’s right to the land and the water. Instead of backing down, however, the Guatemalan government responded by forcibly removing the Mayan people along the River Dolores and burning their homes.
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