Efrain Rios Montt
AJ Jackson

1) Profile of your leader

Efrain Rios Montt is a Guatemalan politician who was President of Guatemala from 1982 to 1983. was also an army general, his time in office was marked by the Guatemalan Civil War. Years later, he served as the president of Congress. Before Efrain Rios Montt was President he enrolled in the Military Academy of Guatemala in 1946. He attended the School of the Americas in 1951. In 1954, the young officer played a minor role in the successful CIA-organized coup against President Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán was a general in the Guatemalan Army, After this he came to public office through a overthrow on March 23, 1982. In turn, he was overthrown by his Defense Minister, in another coup d'état or overthrowing on August 8, 1983.

2) Audio/Visual/Artistic Element

  • This peace talks about how Efrain Rios Montt is charged for genocide during the the war. It also talks about other war crimes that Montt had made during is serving as the dictator  of Guatemala. A little summary about the video it tells how Montt killed thousands of people and was finally sent to jail for it at age 86. The people feel that justice is finally being served and that they will try not to let this happen again.

3) Creative Piece

Create an original piece of writing that reflects on the legacy of your leader. Some suggestions include:

Efrain Rios Montt is some guy

He killed lots of people and did not say why

when finally charged with the war crimes

he will never again see the Guatemala dimes

so at age eighty six

he finally got his fix

in a nice jail cell

and will never be able to tell

another person to do again.

4) Essential Question

If Efrain Rios Montt Killed so many people and they have  proof of him doing all of these war crimes why did it take so long to finally bring him to justice?