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Peace Agreement in Guatemala

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Forty years ago, the United Fruit Company and the C.I.A engineered a bloody coup d’etat against the democratically elected government of Guatemala. The coup unleashed one of the most brutal military regimes in the hemisphere. Some 140,00 people have been killed and another 45,00 disappeared in a U.S. backed scorched earth campaign to wipe out dissidents, rebels and activists for peace and social justice in Guatemala. The abuses by the Guatemalan military and its death squads were do horrific that even Amnesty International reported that they “Strained credulity.”

But next week, the guerrillas of the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity or UNRG, will sign a controversial peace accord with the government and formally end a generation of war.

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