I was translating the entire two videos to English when I realized the Guatemalan newspaper, El Periódico had already done it. Talk about recreating the wheel.
Guatemala is in the middle of a crisis that seems to have stepped out of the script of a Hollywood movie. Any producer would be envious of the script unfolding in the tiny country of Guatemala. The sad fact is this script is true.
A friend of mine sent me a youtube video made by a prominent Guatemalan attorney Rodriguo Rosenberg Marzano. I watched it, and after I watched it I thought it was a joke. The youtube video in two parts was released after the assassination of a prominent Guatemalan attorney. Attorney Marzano was assassinated while riding his bike around town. The attorney accused President Colom of his murder. Mario David García, a journalist from Prensa Libre was told to release the video should something happen to him. Marzano begins the video by stating the following:
"Good Afternoon. My name is Rodrigo Rosenberg Marzano, and sadly, if you are watching this message, it is because I have been murdered. If you are hearing or seeing this message, it is because I was assassinated by President Álvaro Colom."
It has been three days since the videos were released, and it also marks the third day where daily protests have been occurring in the Plaza of the Constitution in Guatemala. Buses filled with union members and around 800 other people arrived on city buses to the plaza. 125 policemen were mobilized also. The protest groups are growing on a daily basis.
Corruption in politics in Latin America has always been a fact of life from both the right and the left. Daniel Ortega, the current president of Nicaragua who in my opinion is as corrupt as Hugo Chavez escaped prosecution from sexually abusing his stepdaughter Zoilamérica Narváez in 1998 because as a member of parliament he was immune from prosecution.
Alvaro Colom was elected president of Guatemala in 2007 besting his opponent by only a 5% margin at the polls. Colom is a far-left president from a string of far-left presidents that have been winning elections in Central and South America. In his campaign, Colom said, "he (Colom) did not have "bloodstained hands," I think that has now changed with the release of this video
The released video from the attorney in Guatemala has thrown the entire country into crisis. The small country of Guatemala is now on the verge of rebellion. The only difference between this murder and the corruption that goes on in some of these other countries is the attorney knew he would probably be killed, and used the internet to let the world know. It is now becoming more difficult for even governments to conceal their crimes.
Remember Obama has no problem in dealing with these thugs.
Written translation can be found here.
A must view - Part one Subtitled in English
Part two (with English Subtitles)