Guatemala genocide trial: legal challenges, debates, and attacks on "hairy hippies, foreigners, communists"


12 Responses to “Guatemala genocide trial: legal challenges, debates, and attacks on "hairy hippies, foreigners, communists"”

  1. fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

    Waiiit a minute… Just how delusionally hard-right do you have be to think that the Americans are pressuring you into some kind of commie conspiracy? And in Latin America, no less. We only spent how long operating under the ‘better dead than red, especially if I can leave the being dead to people who aren’t really people’ principle…

    • Michael Escobar says:

      the author of this article has mischaracterized Mendez-Ruiz’ editorial by saying
      that it links the American ambassador with marxist ideology. in a
      paragraph by itself, the editorial asserts that the Guatemalan justice
      system is being pressured by the foreign diplomatic corps, headed by the
      U.S. ambassador.

      anyway, in third-world countries, the belief that the United States is always manipulating whatever is going on is very common. (and not without reason.) in this case, the thought process might be something like “now that the United States no longer considers Rios-Montt useful, they are throwing him to the Marxist wolves”.

  2. bo1n6bo1n6 says:

    I know we’re talking about suspected genocide and whatnot butt…Taco Bell in Guatemala?

    • Michael Escobar says:

       a lot of people have been deported from the U.S. back to Central America, so the brand has recognition there. for the middle class, eating at an American chain like Taco Bell is a privilege and marker of status.

    • esquire says:

      “North of the Border”??

  3. Bethany Anne says:

    Odd to see “hippie punching” internationally.

  4. OldBrownSquirrel says:

    There’s no question, Xeni: you’re hairier than you used to be.

    (Seriously, best wishes) 

  5. Michael Escobar says:

    “negar” should be translated “to deny” rather than “to negate”.

  6. Ashley Yakeley says:

    Absolutely gorgeous typography in that last pic.

  7. llazy8 says:

    This is maddening.  First the US and other foreign nations do everything they can to get this guy in office and keep him there.   From the Wikipedia article on Rios-Montt: 
    Given Ríos Montt’s staunch anticommunism and ties to the United States, the Reagan administration continued to support the general and his regime, paying a visit to Guatemala City in December 1982.[16] During a meeting with Ríos Montt on December 4, Reagan declared: “President Ríos Montt is a man of great personal integrity and commitment. … I know he wants to improve the quality of life for all Guatemalans and to promote social justice.”1[17]President Ronald Reagan claimed Guatemala’s human rights conditions were improving and used this to justify several major shipments of military hardware to Rios Montt; $4 million in helicopter spare parts and $6.3 million in additional military supplies in 1982 and 1983 respectively. The decision was taken in spite of records concerning human rights violations, by-passing the approval from Congress.[18][19][20][21][22] Meanwhile, a then-secret 1983 CIA cable noted a rise in “suspect right-wing violence” and an increasing number of bodies “appearing in ditches and gullies.”[23] In turn, Guatemala was eager to resurrect the Central American Defense Council, defunct since 1969, to join forces with the right-wing governments of El Salvador and Honduras in retaliations against the leftist Sandinista government of Nicaragua.Like Guatemala’s other suppliers of arms, Israel (which had been supplying arms to Guatemala since 1974) continued its aid provisions. The cooperation didn’t just involve material support, but also included providing intelligence and operational training, carried out both in Israel and in Guatemala. In 1982, Ríos Montt told ABC News that his success was due to the fact that “our soldiers were trained by Israelis.” There was not much outcry in Israel at the time about its involvement in Guatemala, though the support for Ríos Montt was no secret. The Israeli link was not lost on the average Guatemalan: At a cemetery in Chichicastenango, relatives of a man killed by the military told Perera, “In church they tell us that divine justice is on the side of the poor; but the fact of the matter is, it is the military who get the Israeli guns.”[24]Then he goes out of style and now they send out this comuniqué that Xeni linked to above (read all those emblems at the bottom as $-signs) telling Guatemala to  please clean up this stinky mess.    FTFTW.  

    • fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

      Isn’t it at least a good thing that the US is reminding its present and future hatchetmen that it really isn’t a very loyal friend? 

      I’m not optimistic about our becoming more tasteful in buying friends overseas; but if we screw enough of our old dirty jobs buddies over, maybe we’ll have a bit more trouble getting more in the future, which would be an improvement…

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