Efrain Rios Montt
Tyler Manniello

1) Profile of your leader

José Efraín Ríos Montt was born June 16 1926. He is a Guatemalan politician who was President of Guatemala from 1982 to 1983 and then an army general. When he was in office there was the civil war and then remained to stay in congress. Ríos Montt is best known outside Guatemala for being tried for being the leader of a military regime that was partly responsible for having defeated the guerrillas through the "guns and beans" campaign meaning "If you are with us, we’ll feed you, if not, we’ll kill you". Guatemala's 36-year civil war ended with the signing of a peace treaty in 1996. The civil war targeted Marxist rebels against the Guatemalan state, including the army, civilians, Mayas and Mestizo Ladinos were caught in the crossfire. Up to 200,000 Guatemalans were killed and missing during the conflict, making it one of Latin America's most violent wars in modern history.

2)Audio/Visual/Artistic Element


I chose this video because it talks about the trial of Rios Montt and sense from the trial itself.

3) Creative Piece

Montt was a very bad guy

if you knew him well he was pretty fly

even though he went to jail

he was still able to sail

Guatemala to a great place

even though he hit people in the face with a mace

to get to the place there are at today

in May.

4) Essential Question
Would there of been any other way for Montt to run Guatemala instead of killing people to show his dominance? If so then how?