Letter: People power in Guatemala

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SIMON CALDER, in an excellent piece about Guatemala ('On the Vac Track', 2 May) rightly draws attention to the relentless oppression of indigenous people (60 per cent of the population). We would like to correct him, however, on one point: Santiago Atitlan is no longer a 'sad village'. Since the massacre of December 1990 when the army shot 13 people dead - including children - and the entire town rose up to march in protest, the army has been withdrawn.

Such brave acts of resistance deserve acknowledgement from the international community.

Cynthia Kee

Artists for Guatemala

London W1