Another Del Monte Banana Unionist Killed in Guatemala; 7th Murdered in 10 Months
The slow-moving massacre of the largest private sector union in Guatemala took another life on February 5 when Miguel Angel González Ramírez, a member of the Izabal banana workers' union, was shot while he was holding his son. Six other current or former members of the union, SITRABI, were murdered in 2011. No one has been arrested for any of these murders. Inexplicably, on the same day that González was killed the Guatemalan government informed SITRABI General Secretary Noe Ramirez that it was ending his 24-hour security protection.
Guatemalan unions are demanding the resumption of security protection for Noe Ramirez, SITRABI General Secretary, and the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the assassination of Miguel Angel González Ramírez. Contact Guatemalan authorities to demand (1) an end to violence against SITRABI and other Guatemalan trade unions and (2) that those responsible for the violence are brought to justice.