Verdugos. Asesinatos Brutales Y Otras Historias Secretas De Militares / Executioners: Brutal Murders And Other Secret Stories From The Military (Spanish Edition)

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Por medio de un eficaz estilo que amalgama periodismo narrativo, crnica y reportaje, Ana Lilia Prez aborda un tema crucial para entender el clima de inseguridad y vulnerabilidad que oprime a la sociedad: la actuacin del ejrcito mexicano durante los ltimos aos.

La autora examina a detalle la violencia estructural de las filas castrenses y cuestiona frontalmente la impunidad en numerosos casos en los que se ha permitido que militares infrinjan la ley, violen los derechos humanos y ataquen a la poblacin civil, sin que haya ninguna consecuencia judicial.

En esta perspectiva, una de las historias centrales del libro es la de Delmer y Jos David, dos adolescentes centroamericanos que en su travesa por Mxico hacia Estados Unidos fueron asesinados a sangre fra por un soldado, mientras dorman al aire libre en una poblacin del estado de Coahuila.

En la investigacin del crimen, se descubri que el militar padeca alucinaciones en las que tres personas lo seguan y le mandaban mensajes por televisin para ordenarle que matara a la gente a su alrededor. Con hechos como ste se retratan las entraas de las fuerzas armadas y las dos caras de su disciplina, la cual se cimienta en una rgida educacin, pero tambin en abusos de poder, maltratos y humillaciones. A travs de las pginas de este libro, el lector es testigo del dramtico proceso mediante el cual un militar puede convertirse en un verdugo y cmo cualquier ciudadano est a su merced.

ENGLISH DESCRIPTION

Each year, 470 members of the Mexican army are admitted to the hospital due to mental illnesses. What is behind a statistic like that? In this book, I try to outline some reasons in light of the violent times that the country is experiencing.

With an efficient style that combines narrative journalism, storytelling and reporting, Ana Lilia Prez tackles a crucial topic to understand the climate of uncertainty and vulnerability that oppresses Mexican society: the behavior of the army during the past few years. The author examines in detail the structural violence of the military ranks and directly confronts the impunity with which soldiers have frequently been allowed to break the law, violate human rights, and attack the civilian population without any kind of legal consequence.

In this perspective, one of the central tales of the book is that of Delmer and Jos David, two Central American teenagers who were killed in cold blood by a soldier on their journey toward the United States, while they slept outdoors in a settlement in the state of Coahuila.

During the investigation of the crime, it was discovered that the soldier suffered from hallucinations in which three people followed him and sent him messages via the television, telling him to kill the people around him. Incidents like this portray the inner depths of the armed forces and the two faces of their discipline, which is based on a strict education but also on abuses of power, mistreatment, and humiliation. Throughout the pages of this book, the reader is a witness to the dramatic process through which a soldier can become an executioner, and how any citizen can be at his mercy.


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