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  • Contamination of Sacred Lake Underscores Environmental Racism in Guatemala

    By Jeff Abbott, Truthout | Report

    A boat of tourists arrive at the dock of San Pedro la Laguna on Lake Atitlan's southern shore in September, 2012. (Credit: Jeff Abbott)A boat of tourists arrive at the dock of San Pedro la Laguna on Lake Atitlan's southern shore in September, 2012. (Credit: Jeff Abbott)

    Guatemala's Lake Atitlán draws millions of tourists annually, but it's threatened by contamination, largely the result of industry and the mishandling of public funds. The systemic failure to address the water pollution reflects a larger problem within Guatemala: historic racism against Indigenous communities.

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