Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa in Municipality of Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa, Escuintla, Guatemala
Assassination of Walter Voordeckers
12 de mayo 1980
"En todo caso, vivamos
de acuerdo con lo que
ya hemos alcanzado"
was assassinated here on
May 12, 1980
"Only let us hold true to what we have attained"
(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.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 14 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Carlos Castillo Armas
Regarding Assassination of Walter Voordeckers. Walter Voordeckers was a Belgian Catholic priest. He came to Guatemala on August 30, 1966. He worked amongst 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/
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