Violations of trade unionists' rights: The wave of assassinations that has swept across Guatemala in the last few years did not end in 2011. Trade union leaders and activists from all sectors were the victims of this generalised violence in the country. The Izabal Banana Workers' Union (SITRABI) was once again the hardest hit. Attacks on and threats against trade union leaders, human rights activists and their families also continued.
The Mayor of Pochuta Chimeltenango did not pay the salaries, year-end bonuses or other payments owed to the municipality's employees between March 2008 and 2009. On 3 January, in an attempt to destroy the workers' union, the municipality dismissed ten workers who had continued to demand outstanding payments.
MR. CHAIKEN: Well, these data show that there is that gap in perceptions even last year, butwhat I was saying was that to repeat the survey or for each city to repeat the same surveythemselves will reveal whether intense scrutiny of this issue or any of the events that havehappened in the last year have shifted even larger numbers of people. We don't know whetherthose changes in perception have occurred. But the base is obviously a very high level of supportfor the police.
Q Mr. Holder, it's my understanding that the FBI site was "smurfed," rather than hacked. Inother words, it was just overwhelmed -- (laughter) -- it was overwhelmed by people trying toaccess it; that the firewalls on the site protected it from being penetrated. That's not the case ofthe White House, the Senate and the Pentagon. Why don't these other -- is the justiceDepartment prepared to help these other agencies put firewalls on their web sites so that -- theycan be smurfed, but they can't be hacked and have this repeating occurrence?
MR. HOLDER: No, not really. I mean, that's a consistent figure. I'll let Jan speak to this moredirectly, but that's pretty consistent with what I understand we have seen over this -- in this nationover the last 20 years or so. 2b1af7f3a8