Report Documents Growing Danger for Guatemalan Police

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In a phenomenon that appears to mirror that of Mexico’s, 47 Guatemalan police have been killed already this year, the Prensa Libre newspaper reports.

In a phenomenon that appears to mirror that of Mexico’s, 47 Guatemalan police have been killed already this year, the Prensa Libre newspaper reports. The article highlights the valor of the police, and writes of one case in which the perpetrators were alleged gang members who were seeking revenge for the government’s decision to move many of their fellow gang members to a more secure prison. But as in Mexico, the attacks on the police in Guatemala are the result of many factors that include being part of the criminal gangs themselves. Numerous reports show that Guatemalan police both have their own and operate within large criminal syndicates.

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