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Great Book on recent Guerrero

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Sunday, January 09, 2022, 21:24 (9 days ago) @ Oeste Hermoso

As a Permanent Resident of Mexico living in Zihuatanejo for over two years, former lawyer and voracious reader, I read many books about Mexico.

Recently I read “ Specters of Revolution: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside” by ALEXANDER AVIÑA. The book is about the guerrillas during the early 1970s although the book gives a thorough background to the repression by the Federal and State PRI governments which led to the insurgencies. A quote “ … (the Government) ordered the annihilation of the PDLP (one guerrilla faction) in a military-led counterinsurgency characterized by the violent targeting of the civilian population. Coerced disappearances of campesinos, detainment of entire communities, torture, and extralegal assassinations carried out by the military and state police forces became everyday occurrences.”

This was a very interesting, disturbing and - for this gringo - eye opening book about the state sanctioned/sponsored repression of the people of the mountains and the villages/cities therein.

I was reading on my Kindle in a restaurant last week when a waiter asked what I was reading. When I said it was a book about Lucio Cabañas and other guerrillas in the mountains he replied “He had big balls”!

I highly recommend this book if you are interested in Guerrero beyond the beaches.

That was a period known as La Guerra Sucia whose scars are still seen and felt in much of Guerrero today. I lived here briefly back then, but I couldn't help but be aware of what was going on since the army had checkpoints everywhere. It was a time of much social injustice and when the government was often the enemy in this state. A time when people like El Negro Durazo were at the height of their power.


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