Sunday, November 21, 2004


Republican Family Values - the In-Laws

I wonder whether Rep. Jerry Weller (R. Illinois) sees eye-to-eye with his new father-in-law Gen Rios Montt regarding human rights, an independent media, and other such ideas?

From the BBC:
A US congressman has married the daughter of Guatemala's ex-military ruler Efrain Rios Montt in the colonial capital, Antigua, amid tight security.

Some 300 guests attended the wedding of Jerry Weller, the Republican from Illinois, and Zury Rios Sosa, a member of Guatemala's Senate.
Gen Rios Montt is accused of ruling over some of the worst atrocities during Guatemala's civil war over the 18 months he was in office.

(Gen. Montt) may face charges over the death of journalist Hector Ramirez, who died last July
- apparently from a heart attack - while trying to escape a violent crowd of the general's supporters.

The new Mrs. Weller (Ms. Weller-Sosa?) apparently supports both her father's politics and President Bush's opinion of reality. From the Maritimes Independent Media Center:
French President Jacques Chirac expressed his concern for the authorization of Rios Montt as presidential candidate. The General's daughter, Zury Rios Sosa, denied that such a comment had been made. "The press has problems with translation, and miscommunicates information," said Rios Sosa.
(Emphasis added)


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