Indigenous Mayan K’iche Groups Block Roads for Second Day after Massacre

Indigenous Mayan K’iche protesters have blocked the Interamericana highway for the second day in a row with the caskets of massacre victims who were killed over the weekend.

The protesters reportedly blocked the Interamaericana with the caskets of their dead, tyres, tree trunks, rocks and concrete blocks and shouted slogans demanding immediate action from the government.

“We’re humans not animals, we have the right to life. These children had a great future,” said K’iche community leader Catalina de la Cruz.

Last Friday, heavily armed men ambushed and killed thirteen people, including four children from Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan who went to the village of Chiquix in Nahuala to pick corn.

The Children were brutally hacked to pieces before they were burned at the back of a truck while the armed men also attacked the police and killed one officer.

Police have arrested only three suspects so far and have still not released details on their identities.

“These events are no longer the product of an ancestral land conflict. They are the direct consequence of an illegal armed and organised group that acted against civilians and security forces through an ambush,” said Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei.

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