The Massacre at Panzós and Capitalist Development in Guatemala

Authors

  • Gabriel Aguilera P.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-031-07-1979-11_2

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Abstract

On May 29, 1978, the town of Panzos, capital of the municipality of that name in the department of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, was the scene of a peasant massacre described by Amnesty International as the year's worst act of violence—a judgment formed before the great massacres in Iran which began in July of that year. More than 100 Indian peasants were machine-gunned in Panzos's main square, survivors finished off, and the wounded pursued into nearby mountains. The perpetrators were regular troops and armed farm owners of the region.

Published

1979-12-02

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