OCTOBER 12, ANNUALLY

ANNUAL RESISTANCE DAY OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF GUATEMALA

On October 12th, the nations of Central and South America commemorate the Dia de la Hispanidad, also Día de la Raza (“Day of the Race”), the day Colombus arrived in the Americas. For Guatemala’s Indigenous peoples, however, it is Día de la Resistencia Indígena (“Indigenous Resistance Day”), a day of remembrance of the genocide carried out against past generations and a call-to-action reinstating resistance to the oppression, exclusion, and violence Indigenous peoples have faced.  Each year, leaders of grassroots Indigenous organizations convoke a march through Guatemala City, past the supreme court, the congress of the republic, the central plaza, and the presidential palace, to highlight the most pressing issues for Indigenous peoples nation-wide.

Source:
  “In pictures: 2012 March of Resistance in Guatemala City,” Cultural Survival, 10/23/2012.  Retrieved 3/30/2022, In pictures: 2012 March of Resistance in Guatemala City | Cultural Survival
Photo:  Oscar, 02/02/2006. Statue-less plinth in Caracas in 2006. A statue of Christopher Columbus, which formerly occupied the plinth, was knocked down by activists in 2004. Public Domain. 

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