Saturday, January 22

Guatemala: the territorial conflict of more than 150 years that has caused massacres in Sololá like the one at the weekend

  • Darius Brooks
  • BBC News World

A girl carries a poster at a protest in Ixtahuacán

Image source, Getty Images

“We want a territorial limit, we no longer want shots, we want peace,” says the poster held by a girl.

The little girl is part of a protest on a road that passes through Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán Y Nahualá, two municipalities in western Guatemala whose historic enmity has claimed dozens of lives since the 19th century.

The last episode went beyond daily violence, since 13 people killed, four they were children and five were women.

Along with four other men, they were attacked by surprise near the village of Chiquix last Friday, with shots fired from high caliber weapons, a sample of a level of violence not seen before.

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