During the night of December 5, 1982, the Guatemalan military blocked all access points to the community of las Dos Erres, Petén, and a patrol unit of kaibil special forces entered the area. Between December 6 – 8, they would separate the men from the women and children, torturing the men and sexually assaulting many of the women. Afterwards, nearly all of the residents of las Dos Erres were massacred, their bodies dumped into a community well.
On August 2, 2011, three former kaibiles – Manuel Pop Sun, Reyes Collin Gualip, and Daniel Martínez Mendez – and former Commanding Officer Carlos Antonio Carías López, were convicted for crimes against humanity and the murder of 201 people and sentenced to 6060 years in prison. Carías López was sentenced to an additional 6 years in prison for aggravated robbery after the massacre. Ex-kaibil Pedro Pimentel Ríos was deported from the United States in 2012 and stood trial for having also participated in the massacre. Like the others, he was sentenced to 6060 years in prison.
Gilberto Jordán (former kaibil) was convicted in 2010 in the United States for naturalization fraud, for having lied on his U.S. citizenship application about his role in the Guatemalan military.
Jorge Vinicio Sosa Orantes (former kaibil) is also currently serving a 10-year prison sentence in the United States for naturalization fraud.
Santos López Alonso (former kaibil) was captured in the United States and deported back to Guatemala on August 10, 2016. He is accused of participating in the massacre and having kidnapped one of the few survivors –Ramiro Antonio Osorio Cristales, who was 5 years old at the time. He has been indicted on charges of crimes against humanity, murder, and the alteration of the natural identity of a minor, and is currently awaiting trial in Guatemala.
Former Guatemalan dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt who was the de facto president at the time of the massacre is also facing charges of crimes against humanity and genocide for the Dos Erres massacre.
The following is a translation of an article originally featured in Spanish on the ACOGUATE blog. NISGUA is a member of ACOGUATE, a coalition of North American and European solidarity committees who provide international [...]
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