Guatemala: Wave of Attacks Against Female Activists, Renata Avila:
In the last couple of weeks two female activists have been attacked. The victims are Lolita Chavez, an indigenous leader and member of the K’iche’ People’s Council, and human rights lawyer Yolanda Oquelí. Their cases have gone mostly unnoticed in mainstream media, but citizen and independent media have been raising awareness about their attacks and the dangers activists like them face.
Chile: Homeless in Santiago, Silvia Viñas:
In Santiago, Chile, as in many other cities around the world, winter can be a deadly season for the homeless. Through photography, Demotix contributor Alejandro Rustom exposes the reality of the homeless in the Chilean capital and highlights how a group of citizens are trying to help.
Mexico: Student Movement #YoSoy132 Protests Election Results, Andrea Arzaba:
Days after the presidential elections, supporters and members of the student movement #YoSoy132 continue using social networks to voice their concerns over the preliminary results. They have also taken to the streets to protest electoral fraud.
Chile: Looming Anti-protest Law Sparks Concern, Felipe Cordero:
Chile’s Minister of Interior, Rodrigo Hinzpeter has called on the Congress to approve a law that seeks harsher punishments for protesters, reigniting a controversy that started a year ago. The law forbids the occupation of public or privately owned buildings for protest and also seeks prison time for protesters.
Mexicans Elect Their Next President, Elizabeth Rivera:
On July 1, Mexicans went to the polls to elect their next President. As soon as the polls opened, netizens began to share their thoughts and experiences. They also organized websites and hashtags to gather reports on fraud and other illegalities.
Mexico: Reactions on Twitter following the Elections, J. Tadeo, English translation by Ayoola Alabi (Español aquí):
Following the presidential election, Mexicans are expressing themselves on Twitter regarding election day and the preliminary results that have been officially released and which favour the candidate Enrique Peña from the PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) and the “Compromise for Mexico” coalition.
Tras la elección presidencial, los mexicanos se expresan en Twitter sobre su sentir acerca de la jornada electoral y los resultados preliminares que han sido difundidos de manera oficial y que favorecen al candidato Enrique Peña, de la coalición de partidos políticos denominada Compromiso por México.
Peru: What They Didn’t Tell You About Afro-Peruvians, Juan Arellano, English translation by (Español aquí):
On June 8, the cultural event “What they didn’t tell you about Afro-Peruvians” took place at the National Afro-Peruvian Museum. The objective of the event was to make the Afro-Peruvian history and culture visible. Juan Arellano shares information, videos and audio files of the event.
El 8 de junio se llevó a cabo el evento “Lo que NO te contaron de los afroperuanos” en el Museo Nacional Afroperuano, que buscaba visibilizar la historia y cultura afroperuana. Juan Arellanó comparte videos y audio del evento.
Mexico: Presidential Candidates Wind Up Their Election Campaigns, J. Tadeo, English translation by Kieran Lorengan (Español aquí):
A collection of some of the thoughts and observations of Mexican citizens on Twitter and the blogosphere, regarding the end of the presidential campaign period and the approaching election day, which will decide the next president of this North American nation.
Aquí recogemos algunas expresiones de los ciudadanos en Twitter y en la blogósfera respecto al fin de las campañas políticas y a la jornada electoral de la que habrá de emanar el próximo presidente de esa nación norteamericana.
Bolivia: Tensions Rise as Police Mutiny Continues, Pablo Andres Rivero:
A police mutiny is into its sixth day in Bolivia as low-ranked policemen are demanding levelling up their wages to the same amount military officers currently earn. Violent demonstrations occurred in the country’s main cities, even reaching the square right in front of the Presidential Palace. As negotiations are still underway, Bolivia’s cities remain without guard or police assistance for the sixth day.