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How can you deny genocide?

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The trial against retired Generals Efrain Rios Montt and Jose Rodriguez Sanchez opened in March. Montt and Rodriguez are charged with genocide and crimes against humanity. Prosecutors accuse them of the slaughter by subordinates of at least 1,771 Mayan Ixils. Although international bodies have long reported genocide took place in the Central American nation, it still remains an open-ended question for pockets of Guatemalan society. Ricardo Falla, Jesuit priest and anthropologist that specializes in the 1960-1996 civil war, attempts to answer some of these lingering questions.
Frijoles (beans) meant: To concentrate troops in communities described as sympathetic to the guerilla movement and eliminate them completely. To eliminate guerilla enthusiasts to spread terror amidst the civilian population. The fear would spread and subjugate them to army control.
The ruthless procedure was always the same. Approximately 400 solders would surround the entire community before dawn. An army helicopter would assist providing equipment and backup. The soldiers proceeded to separate women and children from men. The women were secluded inside the church and the men inside the town hall building.

Article adapted by Romina Ruiz-Goiriena.

 

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