Civil Patrols in Guatemala

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Human Rights Watch, 1986 - Civil rights - 105 pages
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Page 11 - ... the challenge of their effects. The patrol system has left tragic scars on the Guatemalan highland communities, where poverty, fear, petty feuding and the replacement of traditional legal systems by arbitrary military force have made the patrol system a dangerous conduit for vigilante justice and the abuse of power. The cultural landscape of rural Guatemala has been more profoundly altered in the past six years than in the past century.
Page 10 - PAC system gives peasants no freedom to oppose the existence of a local civil patrol. A quick visit from a Guatemala City official, however well-intentioned, is unlikely to alter the balance of fear in an isolated rural community, where the central government traditionally means little compared to local military power.
Page 10 - Cerezo has taken an ambiguous position: rather than abolish the system outright, he has stated that representatives of the new government will visit each village and ask the residents whether they wish to continue with PAC.
Page 95 - I will inform the nearest Military Commander. 6. I will inform the Military Commander, Military Commissioner or the Head of the Civil Patrol about any subversive hiding place, encampment or movements. 7. I will never abandon my civil defense companions when they are in difficult situations, whether...
Page 95 - ... will inform the Military Commander, Military Commissioner or the Head of the Civil Patrol about any subversive hiding place, encampment or movements. 7. I will never abandon my civil defense companions when they are in difficult situations, whether it is antisubversive combat or any other kind. 8.
Page 46 - The army has exhorted patrollers to turn in "anyone who is a subversive, even if it is your mother or brother.
Page 16 - ... communities and the Guatemalan nation against the guerrilla enemies of the state. Even women were drawn into highly masculinized displays of loyalty. For example, in a community in the department of Alta Verapaz, the local representative from the army's civic affairs office ordered all the village's women and children to line up in front of the Guatemalan flag post in the main square. As one observer...
Page 1 - You lift your head and they break it. You open your mouth and they shut it. You take a step forward and you're dead. - Rafael Yos Muxtay Indian from Chimaltenango kidnapped November 22, 1985 For more than thirty years, Guatemala's human rights conditions have been among the worst in the hemisphere. Peasants...
Page 28 - Winchesters, and pistols. Maryknoll priest Ron Hennessey has observed that in San Mateo Ixtatan, Huehuetenango, the type of...
Page 54 - On these rastreos the patrollers are often forced to carry out the terrible task of eliminating anyone they find in the mountains.

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