Students march for peace and justice in Siquinalá, Escuintla (Guatemala)
an article by Enrique Paredes, Prensa Libre
Hundreds of young students from schools in
Siquinalá, Escuintla, took part Wednesday [August
14] in an activity called "March for Peace and
Street Fair for Justice," which was organized by
the magistrate of the municipality, in order to
foster a culture of peace and justice.
A group of students from Siquinalá march on the street to promote a culture of peace and justice (Foto Prensa Libre: Enrique Paredes).
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Students who participated in the walk along the
streets of Siquinalá streets showed messages
inviting viewers to avoid violence and promote
Graciela Nineth Ordóñez Sáenz, a local justice of
the peace,said that the activity is an initiative
of the Supreme Court and the Judiciary through the
Magistrates' Courts, with the aim of integrating
institutions of justice with the community and
achieving a positive protection for the society.
She added that the activity ended at the town hall
with a street fair for justice which provided
information from different institutions, so that
people know how to file a complaint or get advice if
they are victims of any crime.
She explained that the court hears many cases of
child abuse, robbery, extortion and violence, but
that the population lacks a culture of filing
Rafael Gonzalez, chief of the Southern District of
the National Police in Escuintla, stressed that this
activity is important to make people acquainted with
the justice sector, and to inspire citizens to
contribute to peace.
(Click here for a Spanish version of this article)
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Community plays a important role in developing culture peace. We should promote our cultural values by interacting with each other and making these values part of our daily lives. A good example of this would be raising our children according to beliefs and values which are important for us and our cultural peace. We can also promote cultural peace by making small commuinties within big community and share different ideas and bring new ones in.