[Testimony of General Benedicto Lucas Garcia at trial of former civil patrollers]

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  •  This footage shows the testimony of General Benedicto Lucas García. He says that the guerillas were very well trained and overwhelmed the army. He talks about his role in the formation of the self-defense patrols in the villages. He talks about his respect for peasants and indigenous people. The judge asks for the reading of an 1981 press article about how the Guatemalan army was trying to annihilate the subversive movements from the western parts of the country by training villagers to fight. The General states that the journalist misunderstood, and that they were training villagers in discipline, not fighting. He says that the villagers were not armed and were trained to guide their people. He says that he is loved in his community because of the many positive things he has done. 
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Title:[Testimony of General Benedicto Lucas Garcia at trial of former civil patrollers]
Abstract:Footage from the trial of three Civil Defense Patrollers (PAC) -- Carlos Chen, Pedro González, and Fermín Lajuj Xitumul.
Sequence:1 of 1
Alternative Title:[Declaracion de General Lucas]
  • Jésus Tecú OsorioRole: Creator
  • Jésus Tecú OsorioRole: Copyright holder
  • WITNESSRole: Copyright holder
  • Jésus Tecú OsorioRole: Videographer
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Topics:armed conflict and persecution--genocide
armed conflict and persecution--mass killings
laws, justice, and judicial proceedings
armed conflict and persecution--paramilitaries
civil and political rights
Named Entities:Civil Defense Patrols, Guatemala (PACs/Patrullas de Autodefensa Civil)
Maya Achi People
Benedicto Lucas García
Carlos Chen
Pedro González
Fermín Lajuj Xitumul
Geographic Focuses:North America--Guatemala--Departamento de Baja Verapaz--Municipio de Rabinal
Central America
Latin America
North America--Guatemala--Departamento de Baja Verapaz--Río Negro
Geographic Base:North America--Guatemala
Type of Resource:Moving image
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