Former Guatemalan dictator found guilty; we hear from survivors

05/13/13 Lenka Davis
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In an historic verdict, former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt was found guilty late Friday of genocide and crimes against humanity and was sentenced to 80 years in prison.

Judge Yassmin Barrios announced the verdict and it was translated by Democracy Now.

Efraín Ríos Montt was found guilty of overseeing the slaughter of more than 1,700 indigenous people in Guatemala’s Ixil region after he seized power in 1982. Over the past two months, nearly a hundred witnesses testified during the trial, describing massacres, torture and rape by state forces.

Last month WMNF’s Lenka Davis traveled to Guatemala and interviewed survivors of the violence in the 1980s. We brought you the first half of her report Friday; here are more voices from Guatemala.

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