Join this webinar! South Coast water protectors criminalized for mobilizing against sugar mills in Guatemala

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The Peace Brigades International-Guatemala Project accompanies Abelino Salvador Mejía, Virgilio García Carrillo, Anabella España Reyes and Flabio Vicente.

They are criminalized water protectors from the South Coast of Guatemala who are part of the Council of Communities of Retalhuleu (CCR).

They will be in court on Monday March 14.

Join us the day before, on Sunday March 13 at 2:30 pm ET, to hear Abelino and Ewa Klewar of PBI-Guatemala talk about this situation.

To register for this webinar, click here.

Sugarcane production uses large amounts of water. To get that water, sugar mills divert rivers and drill wells. This impacts the availability of water for local communities. The production methods can also result in the pollution of water.

Organizing against this has resulted in the criminalization of these water protectors.

Notably, Canada is the largest importer of Guatemalan sugar. That sugar arrives in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal and is found in food and beverage products.

Abelino says: “We need people to realize that when they consume sugar, it has an impact on the life of the communities and on the right to water for all.”

To hear more from Abelino and Ewa, register for our webinar on Sunday March 13.

Our Facebook event page for this webinar is Defending the right to water from harm by the sugar industry in Guatemala.

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