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Guatemala: 400 Massacre Victims Reported This Year

Guatemala  -  More than 400 massacre victims by have been reported nationwide this year to date, according to a violence monitoring organization, the Mutual Support Group (GAM), on Wednesday. The GAM sent its July report to the media, including a section devoted to figures on massacres from January to date.

The organization says the practice of mass murders had disappeared after a reported 1,115 such killings carried out by the army during the country's 36-year internal armed conflict (1960-1996).

Leading up to the Sept. 11 elections, the political violence reported is much worse than before, the group said.

In the first half of 2011, a total of 1,950 murders were reported in the country, two points higher than the same period of 2010, said GAM sources.

In the context of that increase, the horror is magnified with massacres, dismemberments and torture, and the dead and injured include men, women and children, the group said.


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