From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Witness gives account of 1982 village massacre
Thursday 21 March 2013
The first witness in the trial of Guatemala’s former US-backed dictator General Efrain Rios Montt testified on Tuesday that soldiers razed his village in 1982.
Nicolas Brito, the first of at least 150 witnesses to give testimony in the trial of Gen Rios Montt, said that troops killed dozens in the attack.
Mr Brito, an indigenous Ixil who survived the army’s attack on the village of Canaque, said he escaped and watched as soldiers attacked.
“A lot of women died because they were preparing the dough for tortillas and couldn’t run,” he added.
“The soldiers tore their victims’ hearts out and put them on a little table.”
In a 1982 coup Gen Rios Montt took power and held it for just over a year.
Prosecutors say during that time he was aware of, and thus responsible for, the slaughter of at least 1,771 Ixil Mayas.
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