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Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa in Municipality of Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa, Escuintla, Guatemala
 

Assassination of Walter Voordeckers

 
 
Assassination of Walter Voordeckers Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 21, 2016
1. Assassination of Walter Voordeckers Marker
Inscription.
Aqui fue asesinado el Padre
Walter Voordeckers
12 de mayo 1980
"En todo caso, vivamos
de acuerdo con lo que
ya hemos alcanzado"
(Filipenses 3:16)
A.M.D.E.

English translation:
Father Walter Voordeckers
was assassinated here on
May 12, 1980
"Only let us hold true to what we have attained"
(Phillipians 3:16)
A.M.D.E.
(La Asociación Memoria, Dignificación y Esperanza or The Association for Memory, Dignity and Hope)

 
Erected by la Asociación Memoria, Dignificación y Esperanza (AMDE).
 
Location. 14° 19.9′ N, 91° 1.495′ W. Marker is in Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa, Escuintla, in Municipality of Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa. Marker is at the intersection of 6a Calle and 3a Avenida (Carretera 11), on the right when traveling west on 6a Calle. Touch for map. The marker is on the southern corner of the Municipal Building of Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa, across from the Catholic Church. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa, Escuintla 05002, Guatemala.
 
Regarding Assassination of Walter Voordeckers. Walter Voordeckers was a Belgian Catholic priest. He came to Guatemala on August 30, 1966. He worked amongst
An additional memorial to Walter Voordeckers image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 21, 2016
2. An additional memorial to Walter Voordeckers
This additional marker is located on a cross in the courtyard of the Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa Parish Church. It reads:

Señor por mis hermanos te lo he dado todo hasta mi vida.
En memoria del
Padre Walter Voordeckers
1939-1980

English translation:
Lord, for my brothers I have given you everything, even my life.
In memory of
Father Walter Voordeckers
1939-1980
the day laborers of Santa Rosa and Escuintla. In 1976 he came into conflict with local land owners and factory bosses. That year the so-called Ejército Secreto Anti-Comunista (ESA, Secret Anticommunist Army) painted slogans on the walls of the church that said, “Walter communist, the ESA is looking for you” and “Walter go home – ESA”. He also received death threats by mail. While leaving the parish building on May 12, 1980, Walter was met by four individuals trying to abduct him. He tried to escape, was shot at, and consequently died from wounds caused by seven shots that hit him. The perpetrators fled in a beige Toyota Landcruiser with covered plates. The Commision for Historical Clarification (CEH) concluded, based partially on a declassified document from the United States, that Walter was the victim of agents of the government or of an armed force supported or tolerated by the government. In their report, the Commission denounced the neglect of the Guatemalan authorities’ duty to investigate and punish these crimes. Adapted from http://www.guatebelga.be/walter-voordeckers/
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkCivil RightsPeaceWars, Non-US
 
Assassination of Walter Voordeckers Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 21, 2016
3. Assassination of Walter Voordeckers Marker
Unfortunately the marker is mostly blocked by a fried chicken stand on the corner of the Municipal Building where Father Voordeckers was murdered.
The Catholic Church of Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 21, 2016
4. The Catholic Church of Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa
The additional marker can be seen on the base of the cross to the right in this view. The church is directly across from the Municipality near where Father Voordeckers was shot and killed.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 221 times since then and 105 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 21, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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