Request to Recover Territory Control

After three soldiers were killed in Izabal, Guatemalan business sector asks the government to regain control of the territories where criminal groups dominate.

Friday, September 6, 2019

On several occasions, business chambers have denounced that organized crime groups operate in the area from the Polochic Valley to Izabal, thus affecting productive activity in the area.

The situation became clear after it was reported on September 3 that a patrol of the Guatemalan Army Marine Infantry was ambushed in the municipality of El Estor, department of Izabal. As a result, three soldiers were killed.

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"We are convinced that in order to prevent further violence it is necessary for the State to regain control, guaranteeing peace and security. That is why we support that the Congress of the Republic and the Executive Branch ratify and implement the State of Siege decreed by the President of the Republic", said the Chamber of Agriculture in a statement issued on September 5.

On the other hand, the Coordinating Committee of Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial and Financial Associations (Cacif) expressed that "... Conflict and organized crime in the Polochic Valley have overflowed, and it is urgent to strengthen local links between communities, businesses and authorities to prevent further illegalities that only hinder the development of Guatemala."

See press releases from Cacif and Camagro.

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