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Reflections on Remembrance

Susan Eva Eckstein and Timothy P. Wickham-Crowley

in What Justice? Whose Justice?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780520237445
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936980 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520237445.003.0012
Reflections on Remembrance

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This chapter appraises the horrors of the military excesses aimed at destroying the social bases of the guerrillas and the cohesion among the indigenous communities of Guatemala in the 1970s and the 1980s. As a case study, it takes up the situation of a remote village in the Ixcán region of Guatemala. It focuses on the military efforts aimed at incorporating a culture of fear and atomization. This village embodied the aspiration and backbreaking efforts of land-starved farmers from the highland, and the Catholic clergy to colonize the nearly inaccessible rain forest along the Mexican border. This settlement was razed to the grounds, in a matter of hours, in February 1982, and a group of fourteen women and children massacred. Later, in order to pacify the new settlers brought in by the army, the latter tried to portray itself as the peasants' savior in the face of guerrilla excesses.

Keywords: Guatemala; Ixcán region; Mexican border; atomization; guerrilla; social bases

Chapter.  9814 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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