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Lawyer Murdered for Fighting Corruption – Call for Justice Now

Lawyer Murdered for Fighting Corruption – Call for Justice Now

“If you are watching this message, it is because I, Rodrigo Rosenberg Marzano, was assassinated by the presidential private secretary Gustavo Alejos…with the approval of President Alvaro Colom.”

So the Guatemalan lawyer calmly stated in a video distributed to local media after he was indeed killed on May 10th by unidentified assailants. Rosenberg points his finger at Guatemala’s president and secretary because he represented businessman Khalil Musa who was killed along with his daughter Marjorie for refusing to participate in government corruption.

His niece Mariela Rosenberg told CNN en Español that her uncle had accepted his death. “He had many threats, and when he saw it was inevitable, he taped a video.”

Almost immediately after the video’s release, thousands of Guatemalans organized protests calling for justice. Some even set up a website called FueraColom.com, calling for the president’s impeachment. Colom supporters also took to the streets to defend their leader. Fortunately demonstrations by both sides were peaceful.

President Colom has denied any role in the assasination, and has even welcomed the United States’ FBI and the U.N.-led International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) to investigate the murder.

Demand justice by signing the Care2 citizen petition created by fellow Care2 members from Guatemala.

You can also view Rosenberg’s video with English subtitles by clicking here for Part One and here for Part Two.

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9:46PM PDT on Jun 29, 2009

The president welcoming the FBI and the UN to investigate is just like putting the fox in charge of the hen house. The people are the only ones who can do anything and if their asleep then nothing will change.

10:59AM PDT on May 23, 2009

The reason why I say NO is because even if that person was standing there watching there is just so fear that they are afraid that the same thing will happen to them so they will remain silent and that is a fact.

11:52AM PDT on May 19, 2009

I was deeply moved by his comments. I am a Guatemalan national raised in the US. Our family fled Guatemala because of economical reason as well as corruption in the 1970's. I heard every single word he said, and have read articles from the BBC and other blogs. I have heard that the Guatemalan president and his administration say that this is conspiracy against his presidency since he has been one of the most progressive presidents since the 1954 coup de'tat. And Rodrigo is asking for the sleepy complacent citizens of Guatemala to WAKE UP! to stand up against the corruption that is taking this beautiful country to hell! he is asking for a fair and just Guatemala...I do not see the conspiracy in that! I do not want his death to be in vain!

7:55PM PDT on May 18, 2009

While the whole idea of these types of corrupt governments absolutely sickens me, I applaud this Guatamalan lawyers dedication not only to his country but his belief that his death may not be in vain. Hopefully, the Guatamalan people will find strength and conviction not only in his words but, unfortunately, in the deaths of innocent lives and fight to regain the integrity of their country. There IS strength in numbers. I hope they can take the energy that drives their fears and use it, instead, to drive them to oust the present governmental bodies.

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