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Specters of RevolutionPeasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside$
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Alexander Avina

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199936571

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936571.001.0001

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“The Bones Will Tell Us What Happened”

(p.176) Epilogue
Specters of Revolution

Alexander Aviña

Oxford University Press

The epilogue explores the effects and ravages of the “Dirty War” that continue to haunt Guerrero some forty years after soldiers killed Lucio Cabañas. For many in contemporary Guerrero, the episodes and events described in this book represent not history but the fears and sadness that contour their everyday lives. The hundreds of guerrerenses that the Mexican military “disappeared” during the 1970s—and the impunity enjoyed by both military and political officials—continue to haunt the state as unredeemed specters that demand justice. This chapter examines how the Dirty War directly affected peasant families and communities in Cold War Guerrero and surveys their efforts to obtain information regarding disappeared loved ones.

Keywords:   Dirty War, counterinsurgency, justice, disappeared, families, impunity

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