[ View the story "Justice for victims in Guatemala" on Storify] Justice for victims in Guatemala The country becomes the first to try a former head of state in its own court.
The Stream· Mon, Mar 25 2013 11:47:51
Rios Montt's genocide charges focus on the massacre of roughly 1,771 Ixil Mayans. The killings were part of a military offensive in 1982 and 1983 to rid the country of opposition forces.
Demonstrators and families of victims gathered outside the courtroom in anticipation of the trial.
, the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala, posted pictures on its blog and Twitter feed.
Rios Montt's 17-month rule was one of the bloodiest periods in the country's civil war, which over 36 years left roughly 200,000 people dead and 45,000 disappeared.
Long line to enter courtroom for opening of Guatemala genocide trial #GenocideGT http://<a href="
Several blogs and
are following the events of the trial. On Twitter, many are using the hashtags #RiosMontt and #juiciogenocidio or "genocide trial".
's blog, live-tweeted quotes from witness testimonies.
@jacintario: Witness: "until I die, that's when the pain will end" #juiciogenocidio
Testigo: "hasta que yo me muera, ahí se va a terminar el dolor" #juiciogenocidioJacinta Escudos
"They viewed us as if we were not people": Day 4 summary of #RiosMontt trial here:
class="">riosmontt-trial.org</a>. #GenocideGTRios Montt Trial
@alegutierrezv: In a few hours, we will hear to the voices of silence, of tears, of pain. #juiciogenocidio
En unas horas se volverán a escuchar las voces del silencio, de las lágrimas, del dolor. #juiciogenocidio @PzPenVivoAlejandraGutierrezV
Juan: The soldiers had a list of names, if they found someone on the list they tied them up and threw them to the ground.NISGUA
Did you have shelter? We had no roof but the mountains protected us, the rocks hid us from the cold and rain. #GenocideGT #IxilesSpeakNISGUA
Witness testifies they burned 60 houses with people "in pieces" inside. "We could only bury them in bags." #GenocideGT #IxilesSpeakNISGUA
Day 2 of #RiosMontt trial ended with Pedro Chavez' account of military's attack on his family. At age 6 or 7, he hid for 8 days and fled.Rios Montt Trial
"I hid for 8 days in a trunk, like an animal, I heard them [miltary] walking...I don't know how many, they were like ants." -Chavez BritoNISGUA
The trial is expected to last several weeks. You can watch a live broadcast of the proceedings on
Genocidio Nunca Másgenocidionuncamas
Inside #RiosMontt courtroom...the public gallery. http://<a href="
class="">pic.twitter.com/TBa0mbJstw</a>Rios Montt Trial
Co-defendant Rodriguez Sanchez in court this morning #RiosMontt http://<a href="
class="">pic.twitter.com/JINOQasODu</a>Rios Montt Trial
Those testifying against #RiosMontt as he stands trial for genocide know importance of the truth @RiosMonttTrial #IxilesSpeak #Right2TruthICTJ
@VOLPE_DANIELE: "Yes, it was genocide..."
"Si, hubo genocidio..." #RiosMontt | #Fotos | #GenocideGT | #Guatemala | #juiciogenocidio | http://<a href="
Netizens worldwide expressed solidarity with the victims.
@johnatanmoran: The only thing that I want is to know why my relatives were killed when all we were doing was farming. #juicioGenocidio
yo lo unico que quiero es saber porque mataron a mi familares si solo trabajamos la tierra #juicioGenocidio/ johnatanmoran
@danicast90: When a witness cries, my heart also cries. #juiciogenocidio
Cuando un testigo llora, mi corazón también llora. #juiciogenocidioDaniela Castillo
From a supporter in Puerto Rico: Strength and fortitude - Justice for genocide in Guatemala! Come on Guatemala and the AJR [Justice and Reconciliation Association]; from Puerto Rico, we are with you always. Solidarity! http://paraqueseconozca.blogspot.com/
From Puerto Rico, solidarity with justice for genocide in Guatemala! #GenocideGT http://<a href="
From Montreal, Quebec: Justice for genocide in Guatemala! From Montreal, Canada, my thoughts [go out to] those who fight against this colossal injustice. Recognising genocide is fundamental in order to face the past and the future of the country. Let's go, AJR!
From Montreal, Quebec, solidarity with justice for genocide in Guatemala! #GenocideGT http://<a href="
Historians, archivists, librarians and whistleblowers are so important for justice and accountability. Genocide case in Guatemala as exampleRenata Avila
Many credited Guatemala's attorney general, Claudia Paz y Paz, with bringing Rios Montt to court.
Guatemala's 'most dangerous' jobaljazeeraenglish
"When the Mountains Tremble", a 1983 documentary directed by Pamela Yates (@pameladyates), provided evidence for Rios Montt's indictment. The trailer below is from
"Granito: How to Nail a Dictator"
, which outlines how Yates's film, alongside the work of human rights activists, were the "grains of sand" (or
s) that lead to the charge.
Granito - how to nail a dictator | trailer (2011) Pamela YatesmoviemaniacsDE