Guatemala forcibly evicting indigenous farmers

The Guatemalan authorities should halt the forced evictions of indigenous farming communities which have so far left 2,500 people homeless and resulted in the death of one man, Amnesty International said today.

According to reports security forces used tear gas during the evictions of 12 Q’eqchi’  farming communities from disputed land in Valle del Polochic in the north east of the country between 15 and 18 March.

Antonio Beb Ac, a farm worker, was killed during the evictions and two people allegedly suffered from health complications caused by the tear gas. Another two communities numbering some 300 people are said to be at risk of forced evictions.

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