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Quetzaltenango in Municipality of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
 

1962 Student Protests in Quetzaltenango

 
 
1962 Student Protests in Quetzaltenango Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, December 30, 2016
1. 1962 Student Protests in Quetzaltenango Marker
Inscription.
Compañero estudiante:
Nunca olvides la sangre
generosa de los martires
universitarias caidos en
las gloriosas jornadas
de marzo y abril de 1962
que se inmolaron por darte
una patria mejor
5º aniversario – A.C.D.O.
Quezaltenango, 21 abril 1967

English translation:
Fellow student:
Never forget the blood that was spilled here by the university student martyrs that fell on those glorious days of March and April of 1962.
They sacrificed themselves to give you a better nation.
5th anniversary - ACDO
Quezaltenango, April 21, 1967

 
Erected 1967.
 
Location. 14° 50.234′ N, 91° 31.098′ W. Marker is in Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, in Municipality of Quetzaltenango. Marker is on 1a Calle 0 kilometers west of 13a Avenida, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13-09 1a Calle, Quetzaltenango 09001, Guatemala.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 23 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jesús Castillo (within shouting distance of this marker); Rosario de Paz Chajchalac de Mendizabal (within shouting distance of this marker); Osmundo Arriola
An additional marker to the right of the entrance on the building's role in past protests image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, December 30, 2016
2. An additional marker to the right of the entrance on the building's role in past protests
Los estudiantes, catedratricos
y profesionales egresados
de la Escuela Facultativa de
Ciencias Juridicas y
Sociales de Occidente:
Gratitud a este edificio
que fue trinchera combativa
en todos los aspectos.
Quezalto Febrero 10 de 1975

English translation:
The students, professors and professional graduates from the Facultative School of Legal and Social Sciences of Western Guatemala:
Give gratitude to this building that saw many types of combat, in all of its aspects. Quetzaltenango, February 10, 1975
(about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The German School of Guatemala (about 120 meters away); Juan José Ortega (about 150 meters away); Cathedral of the Holy Spirit (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Manuel Tzoc, Founder of Nahualá (approx. 21.6 kilometers away in Sololá).
 
Regarding 1962 Student Protests in Quetzaltenango. In March and April, 1962 there were widespread protests throughout Guatemala against then-President General Ydigoras Fuentes, who was widely seen as having been elected in corrupt elections. There was also considerable anger for Guatemala having allowed the U.S. to train Cuban exiles in Guatemala for the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion. In this early phase of the Guatemalan civil conflict, that would go on until a formal peace treaty was signed in 1996, it was common for student protests to be met with intense violence by military forces, resulting in many student deaths. In future years the conflict would generally move away from urban centers and towards more rural areas.
 
Categories. Civil RightsEducationWars, Non-US
 
1962 Student Protests in Quetzaltenango Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, December 30, 2016
3. 1962 Student Protests in Quetzaltenango Marker
The marker can be seen to the left of the entrance to what is now the University of San Carlos - Quetzaltenango's Legal Aid Clinic (Bufete Popular).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 7, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 177 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 7, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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