Guatemala farmers protest against land expulsions

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Posted: Mar 27, 2012 5:39 PM
Guatemala farmers protest against land expulsions

Thousands of indigenous farmers have finished an eight-day march to Guatemala's capital to protest government-backed land seizures by large landowners.

A government spokesman says President Otto Perez Molina will meet with the protesters Tuesday afternoon.

The protesters say they want a halt to small farmers being driven off land in favor of sugar plantations, mines and oil projects.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said this month that Guatemalan police acting on government orders have expelled hundreds of Indian families from their land.

The march began in northern Guatemala, 125 miles (200 kilometers) from the capital. Police estimate it finished with 8,000 participants.