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Guatemala Briefs: Military Shakeup, Secret Files, Spanish Courts

ISSN:1089-1560
LADB Article ID: 53857
Category/Department: Guatemala
Date: 2000-06-08
By: LADB Staff

President Alfonso Portillo ordered a shakeup in the military high command that hints at a power struggle within the governing party. A government official has revealed the existence of a secret Army archive listing thousands of names, presumably part of a gigantic surveillance effort against civilians during the 36-year armed conflict. Rigoberta Menchu reported she had received death threats as the charges of human rights violations against former Guatemalan officials go forward in a Spanish court.

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