Jan 31, 2010

Global Metal Rages in Guatemala as Alfonso Portillo Faces Justice

Source: Metal: A Headbanger's Journey

Pollo Ronco Enchachado - Alfonso Portillo

In the classic spirit of Central and South American metal (can you say Dictatorshit!), here is a story of Metal music inspired by continued oppression and rampant political brutality and corruption. Ever since Sam kicked a football around with a hoard of Guatemalan children while studying for his thesis, it’s been common knowledge that the Guatemalan people have had their challenges receiving fair treatment by their own government. In a story too often repeated through the Americas, Alfonso Portillo, the Guatemalan president from the years 2000 – 2004 managed to steal tens of millions of dollars from his people including a $1.5 million donation from Taiwan, a sovereign and independent country. The story below outlines a song inspired by brutal corruption and hypocrisy:

I personally feel this song expresses not only a Guatemalan’s anger against governmental brutality, corruption and abuse, but any country’s person who’s experienced disappointing Presidents like so many recent history has seen worldwide, like George Bush, Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, Mahmud Ahmadineyad, and so many others who accuse and blame each other of being the bad one, but they’re all the same shit.

Carlos Pepio - Guatemalan Metal

You can hear the song in both languages along with Broken (Libre in Spanish) on this link.

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