Efrain Rios Montt

Dictator in Guatemala

Biographical Profile

José Efraín Ríos Montt (born June 16, 1926) is a Guatemalan politician who was President of Guatemala from 1982 to 1983. An army general, his time in office was marked by the Guatemalan Civil War. Years later, he served as president of Congress.

A general in the Guatemalan Army, Ríos Montt came to public office through a Coup d'etat on March 23, 1982. In turn, he was overthrown by his Defense Minister,Oscar Humberto Mejia Victores, in another coup d'état on August 8, 1983.

Under Rios Montt’s dictatorship Guatemala experienced one of its bloodiest periods of antiguerrilla violence. Over 1 million Mayan peasants were forced to relocate to army-run villages in the militarys attempt to damage support of the gurrillas. The army killed more than 100,000 civilians and destroyed more than 40 villages and more than 40,000 people were reported to have “disappeared”.

Prosecutors Seek 75-Year Sentence for U.S.-Backed Guatemalan Dictator Ríos Montt in Genocide Trial

Efrain Rios Montt trial

Jose Efrain Rios Montt, and Jose Mauricio Rodriguez Sanchez, his then chief of military intelligence, are on trial in Guatemala City for genocide and crimes against humanity. The charges arise from systematic massacres of the country’s indigenous population carried out by Guatemalan troops and paramilitary forces during this phase of the country’s long and brutal civil war, and the related mass forced displacement. As I said earlier in my smore, over 100.000 people were killed during the civil war. The trial is still going on, Jose Efrain Rios Montt can get the death penalty but people expect him to get around 80 years in prison.

Letter to the Nation about Efrain Rios Montt and what the future should be.

This nation (Guatemala) has been betrayed of the former dictator Rios Montt, and finally he get's what he deserve either if it's death penalty or prison for life sentence. In a country you're supposed to be standing together in all kind of situations even if it sometimes feel impossible to fight against, then you must stick together, Rios Montt did what he thought was necessary, killed over 100.000 people, have done horrible things that never can be erased from this beautiful country's history. We as a nation must never let anything like that happen again, he has left a reputation of this country that it's far from what we citizens wants it to be. It´s our duty as Nation to build up a reputation that we can look back at with proud. In further all Guatemalan's citizens must be respected no matter what, the Mayans is still alive, they will fight to not to go the way again that Rios Montt did with them. Democracy, no man should have the power to do anything that he wants, we as Guatemala while rise from the bottom Dictator Rios Montt left this country in.
Can it be justified that Dictator Efrain Rios Montt have left a bad reputation for Guatemala as country and general dictatorship has a bad reputation in Latin America with all the bad history with Dictatorship?