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

  • 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.

  • Moses, this is not always true and you know it. What happened to those disgruntled Americans who occupied the Square of the financial institutions, were they given a High Five and told “Well done!” Or were they beset up by Police with batons and in riot gear, Police Dogs and tear gas? So much for freedom of the working class!!

  • So now you are an eagle?

  • Moses my brother, you have not commented on the indictment in the article where your country, the so-called defender of human rights abuses, is up in arms with the military murderers in Guatemala. Evidence has been presented in this article indicting your country to be the most anti- working class country in the world.This article has proven that America will join forces with anyone and with any organization to keep the working class people of the world in their rightful place so that they could continue to live in squalor, illiteracy and sickness and disease. They have also worked hand in hand to create most, if not all the terrorist organizations existing in the world today in order to destroy leaders and countries who they cannot control. Luis Posado who was involved in the bombing of the Cubana Airline off the Coast of Barbados in 1976 is walking a free man on the streets of Florida today. Just imagine, The America who condemns the Castro’s, the America which touts Human Rights Abuses, was hand in glove with the vilest murderers of Human Rights Abusers. Its like pointing a finger at others and accusing them of committing atrocities so that all attention could be diverted from you the actual criminal and worst offender and committer of the most abnoxious atrocities.. If something is worth criticizing I am man enough to criticize it. If it is worth complimenting, I will be a Giant and a Gulliver to applaud it. I will always be an eagle, soaring high above!!

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