3200 people violently evicted in Guatemala to clear lands for sugarcane ethanol: report.

July 5, 2012 |

In Guatemala, the Guardian has published a scathing report on mass evictions in the Polochic valley in southern Guatemala, which it says are being used to clear land for sugarcane cultivation, which will be used to supply sugarcane ethanol for European markets. Staff from the  Guatemala Campesino Unity Committee said that 800 families, totaling 3200 people, in a total of 14 communities, were evicted from their lands, which they had farmed, according to the Guardian, for generations, and the paper said that houses and crops were burned.

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