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National Day of Dignity for the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict

Día Nacional por la Dignidad de las Victimas del Conflicto Armado

 
 
National Day of Dignity for the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, February 5, 2014
1. National Day of Dignity for the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict Marker
Inscription.  
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
Asociación de Estudiantes Universitarios Oliverio Castañeda de León


English translation:
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
Wide view of National Day of Dignity for the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, February 5, 2014
2. Wide view of National Day of Dignity for the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict Marker
The marker is embedded in the ground in front of the flagpole and fountain.
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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 it’s splendid
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.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1876.
 
Location. 14° 38.525′ N, 90° 30.793′ W. Marker is in Guatemala City, Guatemala, in Municipality of Guatemala. The marker is on the north side of the Constitution Plaza (Central Park) of Guatemala City. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6a Calle, Zone 1, Guatemala City, Guatemala City, Guatemala 01001, Guatemala. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tragedy of the “Virgen de la Asunción” Safe Home (here, next to this marker); Guatemalan Revolution of 1944 (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorial to the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Paseo de la Sexta
View of Guatemala's Constitution Plaza image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, February 5, 2014
3. View of Guatemala's Constitution Plaza
The marker is off camera to the left. In the background is Guatemala City's Cathedral.
(about 120 meters away); The Central American Act of Independence (about 120 meters away); Shopping Arcade (about 120 meters away); Assassination of Oliverio Castañeda de Leon (about 150 meters away); Presidential House (about 180 meters away). Touch for a list and map 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.)
 
Additional commentary.
1. Otto Rene Castillo
The poem on the marker (Frente al balance,
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mañana) is by Guatemalan poet Otto Rene Castillo. He was tortured and killed by Guatemalan state forces on March 23, 1967. Guatemalan 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.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 8, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 619 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 8, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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