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Chimaltenango in Municipality of Chimaltenango, Guatemala
 

Chimaltenango Memorial to the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict

 
 
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By J. Makali Bruton, February 18, 2017
1. Chimaltenango Memorial to the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict Marker
This view shows the front of the monument.
Inscription.
En memoria de los miles y miles
de mártires que lucharon por la
paz con justicia social del pueblo
maya kaqchikel y no maya
que fueron:
secuestrados, desaparecidos,
torturados, masacrados y asesinados
por las fuerzas represivas
de los últimos 36 años

“Del oriente venimos y al oriente vamos” Pop Vuh

Bienaventurados los pacificadores porque ellos serán llamados hijos de Dios Sn. Mateo 5:9

Por la Cabecera Departamental · Manuel Saquic Vasquez · Joselino Xoyon

Por El Tejar · Alejandro Guevara

Por Yepocapa · Cecilio Tejax · Estanislado Tucubal Cuxil

Por Patzicia · Arturo Esquit · Transito Gabriel Pichiya · Margarita Sunuc · Pedro Atz · Felipe Chali · Felipe Atz · Maria Librada Atz · Maria N. Alvarez Azabal · Cruz Atz · Elena Alvarez · Camilo Atz · Hilarion Atz

Por San Andres Itzapa · Pedro Gonzalez

Por San Martin Jilotepeque · Roberto Xinguaque · Felipe Alvarez · Vicente Hernandez

Homenaje por la
Coordinadora Departamental
Chimalteca por la Paz
en concilio por la firma de la paz firme y duradera
Prebiterio Kaqchikel Chimaltenango
Iglesia Episcopal Chimaltenango
CONAVIGUA Chimaltenango
Frente Democratico Nueva Guatemala Departamental
Xoloail Tinamit Chimaltenango
ACIOICO Chimaltenango
STINOC de Chimaltenango
STEAC
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2. Chimaltenango Memorial to the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict Marker
This view, also on the front of the monument at its base, shows the many sponsoring organizations.
de Chimaltenango
Asociacion Campesino San Andres Itzapa
Alcadia San Martin Jilotepeque
Chimaltenango, enero 18 de 1997

Por Santa Apolonia · Francisco Sisimit

Por Patzun · Abel Queche · Carlos Sincal Ajuchan · Lazaro Macia · Roberto Batz

Por Santa Cruz Balanya · Ex. Alcalde Marcelo Coroy · Prof. Jaime Alvarado

Por: Tecpan Guatemala · David Baquiax · Santiago e Salazar · Victoria Velasquez · Gonzales Zalazar · Pedro Salazar · Marcel Ambrosio · Santiago Pichiya · Paulo Pichiya · Lionardo Pichiya · Vicente Hernandez · Julio Estrada · Juan Tzoy · Fernandez Tzoy

Por San Juan Comalapa · Nehemias Cumes · Pascual Serech · Encarnacion Velasquez · Gabriel Velasquez · Juan Garcia · Gregorio Cuxil· Juan Bautista Catu · Juan Ovalle · Eulalio Cumes · Patrocinio Bal Tuyuc · Cristobal Cutzal · Felix Elias · Patricio Elias · Manuel V. Bal Tuyuc · Nicolas Bal Tuyuc · Julio T. Sajcabun · Factor Lopez · Juan F. Cutzal Sotz · Felipe P. Saquiquel · Rodrigo Cun Bal · Santiago Cun Bal · Eduardo Ambrosio · Spolinario Curuchiche · Andres Luch · Nicolas Gonzales · Eliseo Ordon · Carlos Pichiya · Joaquin Pablo · Emilio Pichiya · Lazaro Chex · Celestina C. Colaj · Juan Cumes Colaj · Aura M. Cumes Colaj · Pedro Calel · Eustaquio Poyon · Javier Tuyuc · Andres Otzoy Tuyuc · Dionicia Mijangos · Maria Cumes · Gregoria Cutzal · Maria R. Cumes Colaj · Juan Ovalle Tuyuc ·
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3. Chimaltenango Memorial to the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict Marker
This view shows the reverse of the monument.
Carmen Sotz Poyon · Julio Cumes · Victoriano Cukil · Juan Gonzales · Isidro Jutzuy · Felix Zalazar

En homenaje al compañero comandante
Rolando Moran
Ricardo Arnoldo Ramirez de Leon
por su insustituible contribución a la paz,
la unidad y la reconciliación nacional.

Lo mas hermoso
para los que han combatido su vida entera,
es llegar al final y decir;
creimos en el hombre y la vida
y la vida y el hombre
jamas nos defraudaron.
Otto Rene Castillo

¡Hasta la Victoria Siempre!
Chimaltenango, 20 de octubre de 1998

English translation:
To the memory of the thousands of martyrs that struggled for peace with social justice for the people, both Maya Kaqchikel and non-Mayans. They were kidnapped, disappeared, tortured, massacred and assassinated by the repressive forces of the last 36 years.

“From the east we come and back to the east we return” Popul Vuh

Blessed are the peacemakers because they will be called the children of God. – Matthew 5:9

Names of the victims and representatives by area municipalities
Names of sponsoring organizations


In tribute to our companion and commander
Rolando Morán
Ricardo Arnoldo Ramírez de León
for his contributions, that can not be substituted, to peace,
unity and national reconciliation.

The
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4. Chimaltenango Memorial to the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict Marker
This view, also on the reverse of the monument at its base, was added in 1998 and is dedicated to Ricardo Arnoldo Ramírez de León, aka Commander Rolando Morán of the URNG.
most beautiful thing
for those that have fought their whole lives,
is to arrive at the end and say;
we believed in the people and in life
and life and the people never let us down.
Otto Rene Castillo

Onward to Victory!
Chimaltenango, October 20, 1998

 
Erected 1997.
 
Location. 14° 39.673′ N, 90° 49.165′ W. Marker is in Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, in Municipality of Chimaltenango. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Calle Real and 1a Avenida. Touch for map. The marker and monument is just south of the fountain at the Central Park of Chimaltenango. Marker is in this post office area: Chimaltenango 04001, Guatemala.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. José Simeon Cañas (a few steps from this marker); General Justo Rufino Barrios (within shouting distance of this marker); Canadian Assistance after the 1976 Earthquake (approx. 5.3 kilometers away); The 20th Anniversary of the Guatemalan Peace Accords (approx. 6.1 kilometers away); Tree of Saint Peter (approx. 9 kilometers away in Sacatepéquez); San Juan Comalapa Memorial to Genocide Victims
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5. Chimaltenango Memorial to the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict Marker
(approx. 10.8 kilometers away); Rafael Álvarez Ovalle (approx. 11.4 kilometers away); The Act of Patzicia (approx. 12.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chimaltenango.
 
Additional comments.
1. Ricardo Arnoldo Ramírez de León
Comandante Rolando Morán (December 29, 1929 – September 11, 1998) was the nom de guerre of Ricardo Arnoldo Ramírez de León, leader of the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity (URNG), an armed Guatemalan resistance organization. At the time of his death he held the post of Secretary General of the URNG. Born in Quetzaltenango in 1929, Ramírez studied law at the National University of San Carlos. At the end of the 1940s he became active as a counselor in the road construction trade union. He joined the Communist Party of Guatemala during the democratic period of the country (1944–54). It was in this time that he became acquainted with Che Guevara, who was touring the country. This was the beginning of a friendship of many years.
Ramírez began to fight Guatemala's rightist dictatorship after leftist president Jacóbo Árbenz was overthrown by a U.S.-sponsored 1954 military coup. He was one of the organizers
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6. Chimaltenango Memorial to the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict Marker
The monument is topped by this statue of a woman in local indigenous dress holding a broken rifle over her head, symbolizing the end of war.
of the Guerrilla Army of the Poor in 1972, one of the four organizations which later formed the URNG. An unparalleled destruction campaign by the army under the 1982-83 presidency of General Efraín Ríos Montt, however, put an end to Ramírez's hopes for armed resistance against the government, and it became clear to him that the end of the armed conflict could be attained probably only by a negotiated solution.
Ramírez was involved in the peace process between the guerrillas and the government that restored democracy to Guatemala on December 29, 1996 and ended a 36-year-long civil war. After living many years in exile, President Álvaro Arzú allowed him to return to the country, and the URNG become a legal political party. Jointly with Arzú, he received the 1996 UNESCO Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize. Ramírez died in Guatemala City in 1998. Adapted from Wikipedia
    — Submitted May 21, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.

 
Categories. Wars, Non-US
 
The Parish of Our Lady of Santa Anna Catholic Church, just to the northeast of the marker. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, February 18, 2017
7. The Parish of Our Lady of Santa Anna Catholic Church, just to the northeast of the marker.
Interior of the Parish of Our Lady of Santa Anna Catholic Church of Chimaltenango. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, February 18, 2017
8. Interior of the Parish of Our Lady of Santa Anna Catholic Church of Chimaltenango.
La Iglesia Católica de Nuestra Señora de Santa Ana de Chimaltenango.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 21, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on May 21, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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