Monday, May 13, 2013

Still Alive

One of the many profound ramifications of the genocide conviction of Rios Montt is that there is now new incentive for additional witnesses to come forward.

It's one thing to risk your life when the chance of justice seems remote, but it's another when it starts to look like a fair hearing might indeed be possible.

After Judge Jazmin Barrios delivered the verdict in the Rios Montt trial, the Maya Ixil survivors in the audience -- many of whom had given testimony -- stood up, crossed their arms across their chests, and bowed to the court, saying "Thank you."

Any uncaught murderer watching that had to feel a sudden chill.

His victims are safely dead and gone.  

But those who know what he did?  Still alive.

Allan Nairn

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