Guatemala City, Guatemala, Guatemala
National Day of Dignity for the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conﬂict
Dia Nacional por la Dignidad de las Victimas del Conﬂicto Armado
25 febrero 2000
Dedicado al pueblo de Guatemala
y a sus generaciones futuras
y cuando se haga el entusiasta recuento
de nuestro tiempo por los que todavía
no han nacido pero que se anuncian
con un rostro mas bondadoso
saldremos gananciosos los que mas hemos
sufrido de el y es que adelantarse
uno a su tiempo es sufrir mucho de el
pero es bello amar al mundo con los ojos
de los que no han nacido todavía y es esplendido
saberse ya un victorioso cuando todo entorno a uno
es aun tan frio y tan oscuro
Otto Rene Castillo
Poeta revolucionario Guatemalteco
Honorable Comité de Huelga de Dolores del Año 2000
February 25, 2000
National Day of Dignity for the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict
dedicated to the people of Guatemala and its future generations.
And when the enthusiastic telling
Of our time comes for those that
Haven’t been born but are announced
With a friendly face
We’ll come out winners those that
Have suffered most from it
Being ahead of your time is to suffer from it
But it’s beautiful to love the world with the eyes
Of one that hasn’t been born and
To know that you’ll be victorious when
Everything around you
Is so cold and so dark
Otto Rene Castillo
Guatemalan revolutionary poet
Honorable “Huelga de Dolores” Committee Year 2000
Association of University Students Oliverio Castañeda de León
Erected 2000 by Honorable “Huelga de Dolores” Committee.
Location. 14° 38.525′ N, 90° 30.793′ W. Marker is in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Click for map. The marker is on the north side of the Constitution Plaza (Central Park) of Guatemala City. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6a Calle, Zone 1, Guatemala City, Guatemala City, Guatemala, Guatemala.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Guatemalan Revolution of 1944 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Central American Act of Independence (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Assassination of Oliverio Castañeda de Leon (about 150 meters away); Murder of Abner Abdiel Hernandez Orellana (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Fire in Guatemala City (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Mariano Guerrero de Léon Students Massacred on April 12, 1962 (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); First Cathedral in Guatemala City (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Guatemala City.
Regarding National Day of Dignity for the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict. The United Nation's Commission for Historical Clarification was created to clarify human rights violations related to the thirty-six year internal conflict in Guatemala from 1960 to the United Nation's brokered peace agreement of 1996, and to foster tolerance and preserve memory of the victims. This report was finally presented on February 25, 1999. The following year Guatemala proclaimed February 25th to be the Day of Dignity for Victims of the Armed Conflict.
Also see . . . UN Truth Commission Report for Guatemala. (Submitted on January 8, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.)
1. Otto Rene Castillo
The poem on the marker (Frente al balance, mañana) is by Guatemalan poet Otto Rene Castillo. He was tortured and killed by Guatemalan state forces on March 23, 1967. Guatemala President Colom asked for forgiveness for this act to the poet's family in 2011.
— Submitted January 8, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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