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Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala
 

Pedro Cofiño and Ramon Palencia Shot by Firing Squad

 
 
Pedro Cofiño and Ramon Palencia Shot by Firing Squad Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton
1. Pedro Cofiño and Ramon Palencia Shot by Firing Squad Marker
Inscription.
Aqui fueron fusilados injustamente el 23 de abril de 1908 a las 7 de la noche Pedro G. Cofiño y Ramon Palencia. Rogad por ellos.

English translation:
On April 23, 1908 at 7 pm Pedro G. Cofiño and Ramon Palencia were unjustly shot here by firing squad. Pray for them.
 
Location. 14° 33.254′ N, 90° 43.743′ W. Marker is in Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez. Marker is at the intersection of Calle de Hermano Pedro and Calle de Hermano Pedro and 7a Calle Poniente, on the left when traveling north on Calle de Hermano Pedro. Click for map. This marker is on the eastern wall of the San Francisco Grande church wall in Antigua, Guatemala. Marker is in this post office area: Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez 03001, Guatemala.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Friar Augusto Ramírez Monasterio (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Don Rafael V. Alvarez Polanco (about 210 meters away); First Location of Olimpia Leal Normal School (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Dr. Oscar Asensio del Valle (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Home of Brother Pedro (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); J. Adrian Coronado y Polanco
Pedro Cofiño and Ramon Palencia Shot by Firing Squad Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, December 10, 2009
2. Pedro Cofiño and Ramon Palencia Shot by Firing Squad Marker
San Francisco el Grande church can be seen in the background.
(approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Francisco Marroquín and the San Pedro Hospital (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Santiago Hospital and Francisco Marroquín (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Antigua Guatemala.
 
Regarding Pedro Cofiño and Ramon Palencia Shot by Firing Squad. From 1898 to 1920 Guatemala was ruled by the dictator Manuel Estrada Cabrera. Cabrera was ruthless in jailing and killing members of any group that opposed his autocratic policies. During 1906 he faced various uprisings against his rule, which only increased his repression of opposition groups. During the night of April 23, 1908 two men that were suspected of opposing him were shot at the location of this marker after lengthy jail sentences. Interestingly, Pedro Cofiñó's family continue to live and prosper in Guatemala.

Stell Quan Rossell's book on the life of Guatemala writer and poet Luis Cardoza y Aragon, "No es el fin, es el mar", discusses the events of the shooting (pages 25-27).
 
Categories. 20th Century
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 427 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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