A new section of the radio show/podcast in which I (Beni) get to ramble for 5min on a topic unrelated to the show: 1st time ex-dictator gets convicted for genocide & crimes against humanity in his own country

Posted: 2013/05/21 by Punkonomics (@dearbalak) in Uncategorized

BREAKING NEWS (see context below): Court Overturns Genocide Conviction for Guatemalan Dictator (commondreams.org)

A new section of the radio show/podcast in which I (Beni) get to ramble for 5min on a topic unrelated to the show…

We did this for the 1st time in show #33 (2013-5-20) and here are my very rough notes:

1st time ex-dictator gets convicted for genocide & crimes against humanity in his own country

  • Former president and general Efrain Rios Montt

    • convicted last week after rushed trial since his congress-term and immunity ran out 2012. Sentence: 80 years (87yr old)

    • de-facto pres. 1982-3 (multiple coups)

    • genocide against Maya-Ixil (1771 killed, 29k displaced, 250K dead overall)

  • One of his lieutenant (involved in the actual killings) is current president:

    • Otto Perez Molina

    • Oligarchy (=rule by few) working to annul by higher court:

      • legal technicalities (used to delay but thwarted by judges)

      • public opinion campaigns & media
        (Coordinating Committee of Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial, & Financial Associations)

      • threat & terror

  • Context:

    • Sandinistas revolution in Nicaragua ‘79

    • Guerrillas (including FMLN from El salvador) had mass popular support

    • Soviet support

    • Guerrillas and freedom fighters also committed crimes

  • US heavy involvement and support:

    • along with most other dictatorships in Latin America

    • Ronald Reagan personally supported Montt

  • What are we to make of this?

    • truth and reconciliation — does it work?

      • peace but no justice: South Africa

      • justice but no peace: Zimbabwe

    • Land reforms / redistribution OH MY!

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  1. […] that were “supposed” to be guerrilla fighters (see previous references to this: 1, 2, […]

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  2. […] > recently digging up civilian victims of genocide in Guatemala that were “supposed” to be guerrilla fighters (see previous references to this: 1, 2, 3) […]

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