Terror in the Land of the Holy Spirit: Guatemala under General Efraain Raios Montt, 1982-1983

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2
Guatemala’s Descent into
Violence

Vámonos patria a caminar
Vámonos patria a caminar, yo
te acompaño.
Yo bajaré los abismos que me
digas.
Yo beberé tus cálices amargos.
Yo me quedareé ciego para
que tengas ojos.
Yo me quedaré sin voz para
que tú cantes.
Yo he de morir para que tú no
mueras,
para que emerja tu rostro
flameando al horizonte
de cada flor que nazca de mis
huesos.
Tiene que ser así,
indiscutiblemente.
Ya me cansé de llevar tus
lágrimas conmigo.
Ahora quiero caminar
contigo, relampagueante.
Acompañarte en tu jornada,
porque soy un hombre
del pueblo, nacido en octubre para la
faz del mundo.
Ay, patria,
a los coroneles que orinan tus muros
tenemos que arrancarlos de raíces,
colgarlos de un árbol de rocío agudo,
violento de cU+0F3leras de pueblo.
Por ello pido que caminemos juntos.
Siempre
con los campesinos agrarios
y los obreros sindicales,
con el que tenga un corazón para
quererte.
Vámonos patria a caminar, yo te
acompaño
.

—Otto René Castillo, Vámonos patria a caminar

-23-

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Terror in the Land of the Holy Spirit: Guatemala under General Efraain Raios Montt, 1982-1983
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface- Some Notes on - Appropriateness in the Writing of History vii
  • Contents xvii
  • 1 - Ríos Montt Earns His Place in the History Books 3
  • 2 - Guatemala’s Descent into Violence 23
  • 3 - Ríos Montt and the New Guatemala 53
  • 4 - Terror 85
  • 5 - "Los Que Matan En El Nombre de Dios" 113
  • 6 - Blind Eyes and Willful Ignorance 145
  • Epilogue 167
  • Notes 179
  • Bibliography 233
  • Index 255
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