Efrain Rios Montt
by Connor DiSalvo

1) Profile of your leader

Efrain Rios Montt came to power during the Guatemalan Civil War. Even though he lost the election, he gained power in a coup in 1982. Montt was eventually overthrown in 1983. In 2013, he was found guilty of genocide, responsible for an estimated 1,771 deaths. Montt is currently on trial for genocide. He may not be as evil as Hitler or Stalin, but Efrain Rios Montt did cruel, unjustifiable things.

2) Audio/Visual/Artistic Element

This propaganda is strongly against Montt as president. The artist's purpose was to persuade the audience that Montt is not a suitable candidate to lead Guatemala. The part that says "for crimes against humanity" is explaining that he is a criminal who killed thousands of his own people. The red font and lines at the top are supposed to be blood, again reminding the audience that he is not an innocent man.

3) Creative Piece

Dear Guatemalan Government,

I am not guilty of genocide. I do not belong in prison. Just because I am being held responsible for 1,771 deaths does not mean these accusations are true. Although admittedly, they are pretty hard to deny. People will always remember me as the man who not only killed, but kidnapped tens of thousands. It will forever be my legacy and that is penalty enough. Getting overthrown in 1983 was extremely embarrassing. DO NOT sentence me to prison. Thanks!


Efrain Rios Montt

4) Essential Question

Is there any way to justify Montt's actions? If not, how does his legacy compare to others like Hitler or Stalin?