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Pinhole: Huelga de Dolores

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If you’ve been in Guatemala long enough, then you’ve at least heard of Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala, the biggest and oldest university in the country. Every year, their students hold a protest known as “Huelga de Dolores” or “Protest of Pains”. This public event is essentially a massive, satirical protest against, well… everything. From the government to the church, the University will protest everything about anything that they perceive to be wrong with this country.

The protest often features a parade of floats depicting and denouncing several situations that have taken place recently in the country. This year’s floats featured harsh criticism of president Jimmy Morales’ government, as well as Guatemala City’s mayor, Álvaro Arzú. Other issues attesting the country that were represented on the floats were the killings of bus drivers and the death of over 40 girls at a children’s home.

Salespersons watch the parade of “Huelga de Dolores”. Photo: Hyungsup Kim/Comvite

 

Stikers dance during the “Huelga de Dolores”. Photo: Hyungsup Kim/Comvite

 

A striker with a toy machine gun. Photo: Hyungsup Kim/Comvite

 

Strikers dressed in traditional dance clothing during the “Huelga de Dolores”. Photo: Hyungsup Kim/Comvite

 

A leader during the “Huelga de Dolores” talks from his decorated float. Photo: Hyungsup Kim/Comvite

 

A striker poses for a photo during the “Huelga de Dolores”. Photo: Hyungsup Kim/Comvite

 

Strikers with their procession during the “Huelga de Dolores”. Photo: Hyungsup Kim/Comvite

 

A “rey feo” or ugly king talks to local media wearing Papalesque clothing. Photo: Hyungsup Kim/Comvite

 

A kid reads the messages in one of the floats during the “Huelga de Dolores”. Photo: Hyungsup Kim/Comvite

 

Students on their float during the “Huelga de Dolores”. Photo: Hyungsup Kim/Comvite

 

A student poses valiently during the “Huelga de Dolores”. Photo: Hyungsup Kim/Comvite

 

Art cuttouts during the “Huelga de Dolores” detail of one of the floats. Photo: Hyunsup Kim/Comvite

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