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What Justice? Whose Justice?Fighting for Fairness in Latin America$
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Susan Eva Eckstein and Timothy Wickham-Crowley

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520237445

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520237445.001.0001

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Reflections on Remembrance

Reflections on Remembrance

Voices from an Ixcán Village

(p.313) CHAPTER TWELVE Reflections on Remembrance
What Justice? Whose Justice?

Susan Eva Eckstein

Timothy P. Wickham-Crowley

University of California Press

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

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