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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Alfonso Bauer Paiz, Tuesday, December 3rd at 7 PM

Politics of Violence, Politics of Peace: A perspective on upcoming elections
in Guatemala

Alfonso Bauer Paiz, senior statesman of the Guatemalan Congress, will speak:

Tuesday, December 3rd at 7 PM
St. Paul¹s University Amphitheatre
223 Main Street (side entrance)

Mr. Bauer Paiz will speak about the political climate in the coming year
leading up to elections, scheduled for November 2003. He will touch
on issues ranging from the political party system in Guatemala, to human
rights, to civil society and the peace process.

Alfonso Bauer Paiz, a member of Guatemala¹s ŒGeneration of 44¹, participated
in the civic struggles to oust the military dictatorships of the 1940s. He
served in the democratic governments of the Guatemalan ŒSpring¹ (1944-1954)
before the CIA-sponsored coup d¹état in 1954. He was forced to leave
Guatemala in 1954 and spent the next 26 years in exile, first working as a
journalist in Mexico and later, as an advisor to governments in Chile, Cuba
and Nicaragua. In 1988, he became Legal Advisor to the Permanent Commissions
of the Guatemalan Refugees in Mexico in negotiations for their return home.
He returned to Guatemala after the Peace Accords were signed in 1996 to help
rebuild the country. In 1999, after an absence of 45 years, he was elected
to the Guatemalan Congress, as a member of the Alianza Nueva Nacion.

For more information, call 233-7903

Sponsored by the Guatemala Solidarity Committee of Ottawa (GUASCO)

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