Guatemala, (Prensa Latina) The remains were disinterred of four people killed by the Army in 1966 in eastern Guatemala, completing a process started in the area one week ago. According to the Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo (Mutual Support Group, or GAM), these were the first victims of military forces in the region during the internal armed conflict of 1960-1996, which ended with the signing of peace agreements.
The exhumations in Chiquimula department, bordering Honduras and El Salvador, were carried out by experts of the Forensic Anthropology Foundation in Olota municipality, at the site of a massacre of peasants.
The massacre took place under Julio Cesar Mendez (1966-1970) and GAM termed historic this first find in eastern Guatemala.
At least 225 GAM-promoted exhumations have been carried out in several areas of Guatemala since 1988, uncovering the remains of 700 victims of army violence.
The relatives of the victims continue suffering from the uncertainty of the fate of their beloved ones and the impunity enjoyed by their killers, because authorities have never investigated these deaths.
The GAM said it hopes that the Justice Minister carries out appropriate investigations to at least find out the truth, because 45 years later, many of the people responsible for these deaths are still alive and free.
It is important that the people of Guatemala do not forget what happened because this is the only way to prevent it from happening again, said GAM.
At least 250,000 victims, including 45,000 detained/disappeared, were registered during the 36 years of internal conflict in Guatemala.
Many of the victims of army and security force massacres were thrown into mass graves, the great majority of them secret•