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Community leader murdered by private security guards in Guatemala

A long-standing land dispute between the Guatemalan Nickel Company (Compañía Guatemalteca de Níquel, CGN) and communities settled on land also claimed by the company recently erupted into violence. A break-down in negotiations and a number of attempts to illegally evict one community most recently resulted in an attack against community members carried out by armed groups, including private security guards contracted by the company. The attack, in the north-eastern municipality of El Estor, department of Izabal, resulted in the death of community leader Adolfo Ich Xaman and a number of gun-related injuries suffered by other community members.

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