Tue Nov 27, 2012, 11:47 AM
polly7 (11,347 posts)
Guatemala’s ‘Little School of the Americas’
By Dawn Paley
Source: Upside Down World
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
COBAN, GUATEMALA—Since February, forensic anthropologists have turned up over 400 skeletons at a military base in Coban, Guatemala, in what has fast become one of the largest discoveries of a clandestine mass grave in the country. During the country’s 36 year long internal armed conflict that led to acts of genocide, the base at Coban was a center of military coordination and intelligence.
But what sets this dig apart is that it is taking place at a military base that remains active today: foreign military and police arrive regularly at the base to train troops from Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. In 2006, the military zone in Coban was renamed CREOMPAZ, which stands for Regional Training Command for Peacekeeping Operations.
The horrid history of the military base in Coban—and the impunity with which mass killings of men, women and children were carried out—provides a disturbing backdrop for present day “peacekeeping” operations.
Evidence of the ongoing excavation is all over Guatemala’s capital city, in the form of ads gracing billboards and bus stops. On the right hand side of the ad is a stock photo of a woman in a surgical mask, looking at a medical instrument. In Los Angeles, it might be a weight loss ad, in Houston, promotion for a private hospital. Not here. Instead, text across the top reads: “Do you have a family member disappeared between 1940 and 1996?” Then, “with DNA we are identifying them. A spit sample is enough.”
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|Judi Lynn||Nov 2012||#1|
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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:07 AM
Judi Lynn (85,767 posts)
1. Just hope the current Guatemalan President won't ban further investigation into military crimes.
He has been tied to former crimes against humanity during his own "service" as a high-ranking officer during the times of hideous abuse of Guatemalan indigenous, politically undesirable people in the eyes of the US-supported monster dictator Rios-Montt and others.
Visions straight from hell.
From the article:
There are few bullet wounds among the dead, according to Sausnavar. Most of the skeletons still show evidence of being bound, and many reveal bones that had been broken, healed and re-broken, indicating that the dead had been tortured and interrogated, some for lengthy periods of time, before they were killed and thrown in the pits.
Thank you for this important news, Polly7.