Platoons of civilian men, without any type of military or police instruction or experience, boast powerful weapons and choose the most in-demand job for lower and middle class men in Guatemala: the private security police. These are our new armies, our national defense.

Five platoons made up of private security policemen (forty-five men in total) remain lined up for one hour, with their weapons loaded, in front of the national flag in the Plaza de la Constitución.

(14th Festival del Centro Histórico. Guatemala. 2011)