Monday, April 6, 2009

Students criticize government in traditional parade

Costumed students marched through Guatemala City in the nation's 111-year-old Parade of Ridicule, which has become, some say, more social than political.

GUATEMALA CITY -- Wearing face masks and brightly colored hoods and robes, thousands of university students carrying banners ridiculing the government paraded through this capital city's downtown district Friday, protesting Guatemala's escalating violence and leaving a trail of graffiti in their wake.

The annual Parade of Ridicule is the culmination of the Huelga de Dolores, or Strike of Sorrows, started in 1898 by students from the public University of San Carlos to protest the corrupt regime of then-dictator Manuel Estrada Cabrera.

Some lament that, after 111 years, much of the parade's political import has given way to vulgarities and a chance to drink and party in the streets. Still, parade organizers and watchers agree the huelga has become a lasting part of Guatemala's cultural heritage.

See the rest of the story in the Miami Herald.

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