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José Luis de León Díaz (Luis de Lión)

 
 
José Luis de León Díaz (Luis de Lión) Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 17, 2017
1. José Luis de León Díaz (Luis de Lión) Marker
Inscription.
“Yo no sabia que el mundo era redondo y mas bien creía que si me subia al cerro en frente podría tocar el cielo y mancharme los dedos de azul”
(Luis de Lion, fragmento del poema Para mi cielo)

En este lugar fue desaparecido forzadamente el escritor
Jose Luis de Leon Diaz (Luis de Lion) por miembros de inteligencia
militar del Ejercito de Guatemala, el 15 de mayo de 1984.
De acuerdo al Diario Militar, aparecido en 1999, Luis de Lion
fue ejecutado extrajudicialmente el 5 de junio de ese mismo año.

Guatemala de la Asuncion, 15 de mayo de 2004

English translation:
"I did not know that the world was round and I actually believed that if I climbed the hill in front of me I could touch the sky and stain my fingers blue"
(Luis de Lión, fragment of the poem For my sky)

In this place the writer
José Luis de León Díaz (Luis de Lión)
was forcibly disappeared by members of the Military Intelligence Branch of the Army of Guatemala on May 15, 1984.
According to the "Diario Militar", which appeared in 1999, Luis de Lión
was extrajudicially executed on June 5 of that same year.

Guatemala de la Asunción, May 15, 2004

 
Erected 2004.
 
Location.
José Luis de León Díaz (Luis de Lión) Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 17, 2017
2. José Luis de León Díaz (Luis de Lión) Marker
The marker is set into the sidewalk at the corner of the building to the left.
14° 38.327′ N, 90° 31.12′ W. Marker is in Guatemala City, Guatemala, in Municipality of Guatemala. Marker is on 11a Calle just east of 2a Avenida, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Guatemala City, Guatemala 01001, Guatemala.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 100th Anniversary of the Paulist Fathers in Guatemala (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); House of Miguel Garcia Granados (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); José Martí in Guatemala (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Assassination of Oliverio Castañeda de Leon (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); The Central American Act of Independence (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); The Aycinena Arcade (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Memorial to Héctor Interiano, Carlos Cuevas and Gustavo Castañón (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Federico Hernández de León (approx. 0.6 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Guatemala City.
 
Regarding José Luis de León Díaz (Luis de Lión). Luis de Lión, born as José Luis de León Díaz (b. San Juan del Obispo, Sacatepéquez, 1939 - d. 6 June 1984) was a Guatemalan writer kidnapped on May 15, 1984 by elements of intelligence of the Guatemalan army and disappeared since then. Born into a Kakchiquel family, his father's job as a policeman in the time of dictator
José Luis de León Díaz (Luis de Lión) Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 17, 2017
3. José Luis de León Díaz (Luis de Lión) Marker
The marker can be very difficult to see as it is set into the sidewalk on the corner of the building seen to the left in this wide view. This was the location where Luis de Lión was kidnapped.
Jorge Ubico allowed him to start a basic education that he would later complete in Guatemala City, obtaining the title of primary education teacher. He carried out his educational work in several parts of the country until he gained a professorship of literature at the University of San Carlos. Affiliated with the Guatemalan Labor Party (Communist), as a teacher leader, he defended general access to quality education as a guarantee for the improvement of the standard of living of the Guatemalan population. In his hometown, San Juan del Obispo, he founded a small library in which he taught several of his neighbors. On May 15, 1984, a group of armed men dressed in civilian clothing forced him into a car without license plates, while he was on his way to work in the Historic Center of Guatemala City, swelling the ranks of about 35,000 disappeared by Guatemalan military governments during the 1980s. Nothing was known of his whereabouts until 1999 when his name appeared in the "Diario Militar", a document containing photographs and information on the capture and execution of about 200 people, and in which he appeared with the number 135. It was then known that he was murdered on June 6, 1984. In 2005, the government of Guatemala, led by President Óscar Berger, acknowledged state responsibility for the death of Luis de Lión and paid him a posthumous tribute at his home museum of San Juan del Obispo. Adapted from Wikipedia
 
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Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicEducationWars, Non-US
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 9, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 9, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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