At 6:45pm, May 10, 2013, Guatemalan general Efrain Rios Montt was found guilty in a Guatemalan court of genocide and crimes against humanity and sentenced to 80 years in jail.
Alberto Rotondo, executive of Tahoe Mine, San Rafael in Guatemala , gave direct orders to assassinate members of the community San Rafael Las Flores. The investigation of the mining conflicts in San Rafael Las Flores, Santa Rosa , took a 180 degrees turn, after the Public Ministry submitted audio from wiretapping as evidence. In the audio it can be clearly heard how Alberto Rotondo, head of the San Rafael Mining Security outfit, ordered to assassinate opponents of the mine.
Information about the use of rape of women in the context of the U.S.-backed genocide in Guatemala against Mayan peoples. More than 100,000 women were raped in the 36 years of the Guatemalan genocide in which at least 200,000 people were killed and 45,000 disappeared.
Closing arguments were made today (May 9, 2013) in the genocide trial against retired Generals Rios Montt and Rodriguez Sanchez in Guatemala City. The prosecution has asked for a 75 year prison sentence for the two generals. A decision is pending.
A comprehensive article, by Annie Bird, about the intersection between “development” projects funded by the World Bank, and repression carried out by U.S.-supported regimes - and directly by U.S. military involvement - in Guatemala and Honduras.
From Canadian/American clothing sweatshops in BANGLADESH to Canadian/American mining and repression in GUATEMALA , victims of horrific abuses and repression seeking (some sort of) justice and accountability in North American courts.
Article “GENOCIDE NEVER AGAIN: General Rios Montt On Trial And The Abduction Of Xinca Leaders In Santa Maria Xalapan”, by Annie Bird
Article “THE GUATEMALA ‘IXIL GENOCIDE TRIAL’: The Case Against Efraín Rios Montt Tests The Independence Of The Judiciary And Pushes Guatemala’s Military Political Project To The Limit”, by Annie Bird
We are well into another year of harsh and sad, but always inspiring work and activism. Thank-you for your commitment and trust, and for your on-going financial support for this work.
“Genocida, Genoicida, Genocida, …” corearon unas 2000 personas en el Teatro Nacional en la Ciudad de Guatemala, la noche del 18 de abril, encima del discurso del Ministro de Cultura y Deporte para inaugurar el festival de cine antes que empezara la película. Las personas habían venido al cuarto año del festival de cine Memoria, Verdad, Justicia (http://www.memoriaverdadjusticiagt.com/) para ver el estreno mundial de la película documental, “Fiebre del Oro.”