The woman’s choice of words, “get the fuck out, back to your fucking country,” is quite ironic given the U.S.’ history of meddling in Guatemala’s affairs. In 1954, the CIA led a coup that overthrew Guatemala’s democratically elected president, Jacobo Árbenz, replacing him with a military dictatorship. That led to a brutal civil war six years later that lasted 36 years and claimed the lives of over 200,000 people—roughly 100 times the population of Lovettsville.
Since then, tens of thousands of Guatemalans have fled economic misery and gang violence, from gangs imported in the 1980s from the United States, and from drug cartel violence, created by the U.S.’ insatiable demand for cocaine.
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