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Former Guerrilla Commander in Chicago

Rodrigo Asturias, also known as Comandante Gaspar Ilom, of the URNG—Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity— is the son of Nobel Literature Laureate Miguel Angel Asturias. Rodrigo will be addressing his father’s legacy on the 101st anniversary of his birth, as well as the ongoing democratization process in Guatemala after a peace accord ended a 36-year civil war.
Rodrigo Asturias, is the son of Nobel Literature Laureate Miguel Angel Asturias. He realized his Law studies in Argentina at the Universidad de la Plata. He came to know the Latin American reality through his travels in Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia and Chile, where he is a scholar at the respective national universities' summer courses. He actively participates in university activities at the University Federation of Argentina and maintains close ties with Latin American intellectuals, political leaders and the Labor movement in Argentina. In 1980, together with Rolando Morán and Pablo Monsanto he cofounded the URNG - Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity - and was a member of the General Command until the signing of the Peace in 1996. During the negotiation process and after the signing of peace, he has been invited to lecture at various European universities – Compultense in Madrid, Frankfurt Germany, Barcelona Spain, Santiago Chile- and participated in numerous events about conflict resolution and the construction of peace. Currently, he is Assistant Secretary General of the political party the URNG. During the last elections in Guatemala he was Chief in Command of the campaign of the New Nation Alliance ANN.

Rodrigo Asturias will be addressing his father's legacy on the 101st anniversary of Miguel Angel Asturias' birth here in Chicago at the Dulce Vida Cafe (1338 W. Madison) on Saturday, September 30. Rodrigo Asturias will also make comments on the ongoing democratization process in Guatemala after a peace accord ended a 36-year civil war that left over 200,000 people dead. Through this event it is hoped that a true dialogue can commence within the Guatemalan community in Chicago, so that emotional wounds from the war can begin to be healed. The Guatemalan experience in negotiations, both its successes and pitfalls, can serve as a model for other countries in the regions such as Colombia, Peru and Chiapas, Mexico.
 
 

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