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Security operations in Guatemala's San Marcos unlikely to de-escalate armed confrontations between villagers, posing injuries, detention risks

19 May 2017

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Guatemalan president Jimmy Morales confirmed on 18 May the military has been deployed to Ixchiguán and Tajumulco, San Marcos department, to support the National Civil Police in establishing a state-of-siege.

The move, which sends 1,500 soldiers to the remote area on the border with Mexico, is expected to last 30 days and undertakes the establishment of security, addresses land and water disputes, and seeks to eradicate local poppy fields.

The deployment comes after the two villages detained 17 police officers earlier in May to highlight their unresolved longstanding territorial dispute, although the police were later released unharmed through negotiations led by political and human rights officials.

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