November 9, 1996 |
Guatemala has agreed to resume peace talks with leftist rebels after the leader of a guerrilla group linked to a kidnapping agreed to step out of the negotiations. The U.N.-sponsored talks, which had been running smoothly for months, were abruptly suspended Oct. 28 after rebel commander Rafael Augusto Valdizon was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a member of an influential family. Police briefly jailed Valdizon but let him go in return for the freeing of 86-year-old Olga Alvarado de Novella.
September 7, 1990
Hugo Allan Garcia, who competed for Guatemala in the World Track and Field championships in 1987, has enrolled at Glendale College and will compete on the school's cross-country and track teams, according to Glendale Coach Ed Lopez. Garcia, 26, failed to advance to the 5,000-meter final in Rome but posted a personal best of 14 minutes 8.72 seconds in placing 15th in his semifinal heat. "There's no question he'll be our No. 1 man (in cross-country)," Lopez said.
May 13, 2009 |
A slain lawyer's videotaped and posthumously broadcast accusation that President Alvaro Colom ordered his slaying threw Guatemala into an uproar Tuesday and prompted the government to call for a United Nations agency and the FBI to investigate the killing. Colom vehemently denied the allegations made in a videotape left by lawyer Rodrigo Rosenberg, who was shot to death Sunday by unidentified assailants while riding his bicycle.
May 26, 1993 |
As jubilant representatives of Los Angeles' Salvadoran community praised the Clinton Administration on Tuesday for extending a refuge program, other local Central American advocacy groups intensified their efforts to get the same protection for Guatemalans in the United States. The push on behalf of Guatemalan immigrants came in the wake of the suspension of that country's constitution, the dissolution of its Congress and fears of a coup by the nation's powerful military.
May 21, 1985 |
About 40 immigrants rights groups Monday petitioned the Organization of American States to investigate the manner in which refugees from Guatemala are detained and processed by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The petition charged that the INS is condemning many Guatemalan refugees to death by turning down virtually all applications for political asylum. And it claimed the agency's detention centers are operating in violation of several internationally recognized human rights.
June 24, 2000 |
Twelve police officers, at least eight prisoners and a 7-year-old boy were injured Friday in a Guatemalan prison where two members of a criminal gang are scheduled to be executed next week. While attempting to search inmate quarters at El Pavon prison outside Guatemala City, police were beaten and attacked with machetes, said Angel Conte, director of the nation's penitentiary system.
April 17, 2011
Baggage scofflaws and their scoffers Regarding "Bag-Fee Dodger" [On the Spot, March 27] by Catharine Hamm: My wife and I recently returned from a 15-day cruise. We flew to Miami, Miami to Rio de Janeiro, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Dallas, and Dallas to LAX, all on American. The American Airlines representative's quote in the article about gate agents asking passengers to check excess items is nonsense. At no time was the carry-on bag rule enforced. I saw people carrying oversized bags, two or three bags plus a laptop computer and musical instruments and tennis rackets into the cabin as carry-on luggage.
May 20, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY -- Guatemala's highest court late Monday overturned the genocide conviction of former military dictator Efrain Rios Montt, a verdict that had been hailed by human rights organizations but now hangs in limbo. The Constitutional Court said the landmark trial of Rios Montt should have been halted and rewound to an earlier date because of a jurisdictional dispute, Guatemala's Prensa Libre reported on its website. The ruling suggested that Rios Montt would be retried or that parts of the trial, which contained graphic and chilling testimony from victims, would be redone.
May 28, 1993 |
The outcry over President Jorge Serrano's seizure of dictatorial powers moved to the streets of this capital for the first time Thursday, while the Congress that Serrano dissolved called on Guatemala's armed forces to oust the president. Hundreds of students, union activists and other citizens, in violation of a government ban on demonstrations, marched to demand a return to constitutional rule.
February 26, 1999 |
The government allowed the army to carry out a policy of genocide against Maya Indians during the bloodiest era of Guatemala's 35-year civil war, a U.N. commission declared Thursday. As a standing-room-only crowd wept and cheered, the Commission for Historical Clarification presented a report that found the government responsible for a stunning 93% of the 42,275 human rights violations that the panel investigated during 18 months of interviews and other research.