Guatemala Accuses fourteen of Forcing Farmers to Sell Their Land

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 1:58 AM

At least twenty-eight farms were "bought" by gangsters who sometimes forced farmers to go to land offices at gunpoint. The gang later resold the land at market prices and pocketed the difference.

Guatemalan prosecutors have arrested fourteen people who allegedly forced destitute farmers to sell their land at cut-rate prices.

At least twenty-eight farms were "bought" by gangsters who sometimes forced farmers to go to land offices at gunpoint. The gang later resold the land at market prices and pocketed the difference.

The farmers had received the land from the government as portion of the one thousand nine hundred ninety-six peace accords that keep an finish to a 36-year civil war.

The U. N. commission against impunity in Guatemala says the gang used force, threats and deceit to obtain the land. The sales were registered by land office employees even though there were restrictions on such transfers.

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