Guatemalan dictator on trial for genocide
Posted by Charles II on January 31, 2013
Guatemala achieved a breakthrough for justice today with the opening of the landmark criminal trial of Efraín Ríos Montt, former military dictator, for genocide and crimes against humanity. Ríos Montt, along with his chief of army intelligence José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez, is charged with ordering and overseeing a bloody counterinsurgency campaign during his 1982-83 regime that sought to wipe out guerrilla forces and anyone who supported them. The indictment accuses the two retired generals of responsibility for fifteen massacres in the Ixil region of the country’s northwestern Quiché department, resulting in the deaths of 1,771 unarmed men, women and children.
One of Rios Montt’s defense attorneys says that this is a “‘politucal lynching'” instigated by the current government which is “’full of ex-guerrillas.’”
Somehow I don’t think that “lynching” of the kind Rios Montt faces will be anywhere near as fatal as what happened to the 1,771 unarmed Ixils (Mayans) or the many innocent thousands more who died thanks to Rios Montt… those thousands being just a fraction of the 200,000 who died in the 36-year long dirty war run by right-wing dictators.
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