18 Ex-Military Guatemalan Leaders Arrested for Crimes against Humanity

During U.S.-Backed Dirty War

Democracy Now

El general retirado Retired general Manuel Benedicto Lucas García (front). Photo: elnuevoherald.com
Retired general Manuel Benedicto Lucas García (front). Photo: elnuevoherald.com

HAVANA TIMES – In a stunning development, Guatemalan police have arrested 18 ex-military leaders on charges of committing crimes against humanity during the decades-long, U.S.-backed dirty war against Guatemala’s indigenous communities.

The ex-military leaders face charges of ordering massacres and forced disappearances during the conflict, which led to perhaps a quarter-million deaths. Many of the arrested former military leaders were backed by the United States, including Manuel Benedicto Lucas García, who had worked closely with U.S. military officials to develop a system of attacking the highlands where Guatemala’s indigenous Mayan communities reside. The system involved decapitating and crucifying people.

We speak to investigative journalist and activist Allan Nairn.


9 thoughts on “18 Ex-Military Guatemalan Leaders Arrested for Crimes against Humanity

  • January 11, 2016 at 9:33 pm
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    Don’t lie KEC. The truth is bad enough. The OWS protesters who were arrested and mistreated were protesting at public monuments without a permit. That is against the law. I personally witnessed the protest that took place in Oakland, California. The protesters who were arrested were camping in a public space. They were using the bathroom behind trees and pitched tents where children played soccer.

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