Colombian cultural activist tortured and found dead

Leonardo Lisandro Guarcax González, from El Tablón, Sololá, was abducted on the 25th of August, while on his way to the Official School of the Chuacruz community, in the municipality of Sololá, where he worked as a headmaster and teacher. His body was found hours later with severe signs of torture.

Watch the video here

Coordinator of the Sotz´il Jay Cultural Centre and group, with which he performed all over Guatemala as well as at Latin American and European festivals. He was responsible for a serious, conscious work of high quality within different disciplines like music, dance, poetry and theatre; investigating the Mayan pre-Hispanic art, generating dreams and creating action for the transformation of our country and society, through the reclaim of the Mayan peoples and their culture. He was a noble educator, greatly committed to his work with children, youngsters as well as his work for the collective rights of indigenous peoples through art. Lisandro was a spiritual guide, a wise companion, brother and friend.”
– From Public Statement posted on Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources website on Sept 14, 2010

Read full statement here

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