Saturday, September 29, 2007

In the early morning of September 23rd masked gunmen murdered Guatemalan union leader Marco Tulio Portelo as he was leaving his home for work. He was the secretary for sports and culture for the Guatemalan workers' union SITRABI who are engaged in organizing Del Monte workers. His brother is the union's general secretary. This follows a pattern of rising anti-union violence in Guatemala. In July the headquarters of SITRABI was raided by uniformed soldiers . The union has called on the Guatemalan government to immediately undertake a full and open investigation into this latest murder. To send a message to the Guatemalan authorities insisting that the murderers be brought to justice go to

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