In the Sierra del Lacandon Park, in an area where illegal settlers were evicted in 2006 - eight leaders of new invasions are being sought by authorities.
Accompanying Guatemalan news video shows the settlements and the families who were removed. In a country still recovering from a civil war, seeing soldiers evicting peasants is painful and inflammatory. But the Sierra del Lacandon is the last large remnant of the tropical forest in the Maya region, and is protected by legislation. This is the point of conflict between conservation and social justice.
For my own 2006 video on the region (it will take a while to download):
Maya Frontier (iPod m4v video, 217 mb, 18:30)Posted by Dave at March 07, 2008 10:45 AM