Saturday, February 23, 2008

Don't send back up!

In response to the arrest of local leader Ramiro Choc (great Maya name that) villagers from Maya Creek boated up to Livingston on Thursday and took 30 members of the Guatemalan national police (PNG) hostage...before taking them back to Maya Creek.

Choc had been detained on Feb 14 on charges of illegal land invasion, robbery and illegally holding people against their will. He has also allegedly been inciting community members to invade land and take over protected nature reserves.

The hostages have asked authorities to send negotiators instead of backup forces.

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