Large police mobilization one day after the reactivation of the border conflict in Sololá

The historical conflict between Nahualá and Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán, both municipalities of Sololá, was reactivated this Friday, December 17, and until this Saturday there is still an atmosphere of tension with about 500 members of the National Civil Police (PNC) ready to act .

Along the Inter-American route you can see the line of PNC self-patrols. They are waiting for the Public Ministry (MP) to enter the place.

In addition, the Army spokesman, Rubén Tellez, responded on Saturday afternoon that 60 elements of the military institution were being kept near Nahualá pending a request for support from the PNC and the MP.

Initially, two deceased people are reported: PNC agent Luis Herbert Emmanuel Reynoso Rivera and Antonio Perechu Ixquiactap, 58, originally from the Chocaja sector, Chirijox village, Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán, whose discovery occurred this Saturday. Two police officers were also injured, informed Jorge Aguilar, a spokesman for the institution.

The agent died during a confrontation that began when uniformed men supported residents who were going to harvest corn and were shot, authorities reported.

There were also versions from the residents of Ixtahuacán that there were more injured and about 10 people dead, this extreme is one that the authorities are pending to confirm.

Meanwhile, the Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office (PDH) reported that it opened a file on the case. The institution recommended to the Interior Ministry and the PNC to reinforce security in Nahualá and Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán, in addition to monitoring the actions of authorities, informed the attorney, Jordán Rodas.

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Rodolfo Salazar, Governor of Sololá, said that the elements of the PNC made a journey at kilometer 171 where they enter the communities of those two municipalities and on the way there was an attack against the agents. In addition, in other communities there were clashes between residents.

“Within the communities or municipalities it is complicated because they do not have their defined territory, they are nearby communities that in some cases have interspersed areas,” he added, referring to the highland area of ​​the municipalities.

Salazar added that on Saturday morning the police forces tried to enter but it was “almost impossible” and there was even an attempted confrontation.

The authorities are trying to enter to monitor the situation, do the damage count and confirm if there are more deaths as some neighbors have indicated. “We hope that this point is not confirmed,” he said.

He recalled that the origin of ungovernability comes from La Finca El Alto and has spread over the years.

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