Over 19,000 weapons used during the Guatemalan Civil War (1960-1996) and in criminal actions will be destroyed during a peace concert on September 23, according to Guatemala’s Ministry of Government (Interior).
At the concert, named ‘‘Voces por la Paz’‘ (Voices for the Peace), ‘‘over 19,000 weapons used in war and in criminal actions will be destroyed. These weapons have caused violent deaths and harm to Guatemalan families,’‘ indicated the Ministry of Interior in a statement.
The concert will take place in the country’s main sports arena, Mateo Flores stadium in the capital city, and the Guatemalan president Otto Pérez will be present.
‘‘Go for music, not violence. The innovative transformation of an assault rifle into a friendly guitar,’‘ reads the concert announcement, which has a silhouette of an AK-47 transformed into a musical instrument.
The celebration, where the Nicaraguan salsa vocalist Luis Enrique is expected to perform, was initiated by the Deputy Minister of Justice Support as a response to President Pérez’s appeal to open new awareness channels for the Pact for Security, Justice, and Peace.
Guatemala is experiencing a wave of violence, mainly caused by drug trafficking and violent gangs, which results in 16 deaths per day, one of the highest homicide rates in Latin America.