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Torres-Rivas responds to anti-genocide ad campaign
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Torres-Rivas responds to anti-genocide ad campaign

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Sociologist Edelberto Torres-Rivas contests the recent ad campaign in Guatemalan daily newspapers to undermine the genocide trial. The ads, signed by a group of ex-military and peace accord negotiators, accused the tribunals of a “juridical fabrication” and claimed genocide did not occur. Retired Generals Efrain Rios Montt and Jose Rodriguez Sanchez were charged in January 2012 for genocide and crimes against humanity. Prosecutors accuse them of the slaughter by subordinates of at least 1,771 Mayan Ixils. Please see the unedited translation of his text below.
The signing of the Peace Accords (1996) did not intend to bring about peace between counterinsurgency guerillas and the Guatemalan army. It did intend, however, to reconcile all Guatemalans. Why then, would the ad be titled “Betraying Peace?” The accords intended to put an end to the conflict and to staunch open wounds.

Adapted by: Romina Ruiz-Goiriena

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