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Mayans To Purify “Sacred Site” After Bush Visit

From those lovers of diversity at Reuters:

U.S. National Guard ophthalmologists check the eyes of a Mayan Indian woman during a free medical checkup in Santa Cruz Balanya, Guatemala, Saturday, March 10, 2007.

Maya to ‘cleanse’ sacred site after Bush visit

March 12, 2007

Mayan leaders will spiritually “cleanse” ancient ruins in Guatemala after a visit by US President George Bush, unpopular because of foreign policies going back to Central America’s civil wars.

The leaders said they would hold a spiritual ceremony to restore “peace and harmony” at the Mayan ruins of Iximche after Bush tours the site on Monday.

“No, Mr Bush, you cannot trample and degrade the memory of our ancestors,” said indigenous leader Rodolfo Pocop during a press conference. “This is not your ranch in Texas.”

Bush will arrive on Sunday night in Guatemala, his second-to-last stop on a five-country tour of Latin America, where his approval ratings are low. His visit sparked violent protests in Brazil and Colombia. Social groups are organising marches against his visit to Guatemala.

On Friday, some 150 student protesters blocked off a street in Guatemala City near two US fast food outlets to burn an American flag and set off firecrackers.

“We’ve burned this flag for what the Yankee did all over the world. We remember the CIA’s policy in our country, which promoted scorched-earth policies and the bloodshed of our people,” the protest leader shouted, standing on a car.

The CIA helped overthrow a democratically elected socialist goverment in Guatemala in 1954 and US-backed troops destroyed entire Mayan villages in a counter-insurgency campaign at the peak of Guatemala’s 1960-96 civil war.

US involvement in the war, which left nearly a quarter of a million people dead or missing, makes Bush’s presence in Guatemala offensive to the nation’s ethnic Mayan people, youth leader Jorge Morales Toj said.

In a 1999 visit to Guatemala, former US President Bill Clinton said the United States was wrong to have supported violent right-wing governments in the Central American nation.

Resentment still lingers across the region, however…

Bush will visit farm co-operatives and schools in the Chimaltenango district to the west of the capital, an area where forensic scientists have uncovered numerous mass graves from wartime massacres.

At the Iximche ruins, a capital of the Kaqchikel Mayan people before the 1524 Spanish conquest, native dances will be performed for Bush and Berger and they will be given an archeological tour of the vine-cracked pyramids.

“We reject this portrayal of our people as a tourist attraction,” said Morales Toj, who heads a national Mayan youth movement. “We will burn incense, place flowers and water in the area where Mr. Bush has walked to clean out the bad energy.”

The activists also criticized the massive deportation sweeps in the US, where many poor Mayans live and work without papers.

They are angry because didn’t let them become Communist slaves?

Hopefully they will rip the still-beating hearts out of a few thousand of their enslaved captives and eat them, like in the good old days.

That should prove their moral superiority.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, March 12th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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