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Guatemalan social activist killed in remote northern town

Guatemala activist killed in remote northern town, day after court ruling on pollution dispute

Guatemalan social activist killed in remote northern town

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Guatemalan authorities say a social activist has been slain in a remote, rural town in the country's north.

Prosecutors' spokeswoman Julia Barreda confirms the death of 28-year-old Rigoberto Lima Choc. She says the investigation is ongoing and there are no suspects yet.

Lima Choc was killed during the day Friday near a civil courthouse in Sayaxche, Peten department.

A day earlier, a court ordered the temporary closure of a company that grows palm trees for oil production.

The ruling came in response to a complaint by Lima Choc over the contamination of a local river known as the Rio de la Pasion.

Human rights activist Claudia Samayoa suggested that Lima Choc's killing may be related to the dispute.


Updated : 2021-09-24 00:12 GMT+08:00