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Guatemalan government identifies indigenous aggressors

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said Monday that the attackers who violently evicted 40 families from an indigenous community residing in the north of the country had been identified over the weekend. The situation left at least 15 homes burned.

At a press conference, the president explained that the information of the attackers was transferred to the Public Ministry so that it requests the arrest warrants. “This is a farm (where the community sits) that is in dispute and other people came who want to take over that farm and entered and generated disturbances and burned the houses,” he added.

During the night of Saturday, a group of armed people arrived at the Cubilgüitz village, located in the Cobán municipality of the Alta Verapaz department, and violently evicted the families, who had their homes burned. The incident left no people injured.

Due to this fact, different indigenous and peasant organizations demonstrated and requested a prompt investigation by the prosecution.

The Departmental Youth Council of Alta Verapaz demanded an urgent and exhaustive investigation from the prosecution. “Any act of violation of Human Rights is unacceptable and we condemn the events that took place in the Cubilgüitz community where elderly people, women, men, young people, girls and boys who have been Q’eqchies have been victims of an extrajudicial eviction and attack.”

For his part, the Human Rights Ombudsman, Jordán Rodas, asked the MP and the National Civil Police for immediate results of the investigation and asked the government to assist the families who suffered the loss of their homes and property as a result of the fires.