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Canada Guatemala: last hello from the indigenous leaders to the murdered Frenchman

13:25  13 august  2020
13:25  13 august  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  Guatemala: dernier salut des leaders indigènes au Français assassiné © Provided by Le Point

Indigenous leaders and humanitarian workers paid a last tribute on Wednesday to Benoît Maria, a Frenchman murdered in Guatemala , where he was helping to local populations for over twenty years.

The funeral ceremony took place in Quetzaltenango, some 105 km west of the capital, where local officials and relatives of Benedict Maria, known locally as Benito, gathered for this final tribute.

The body of this humanitarian worker, aged 52, is to be transferred to Guatemala City on Thursday before being repatriated to France the same day.

The assassination of Benoît Maria, head in Guatemala of Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières (AVSF), an NGO which supports peasant agriculture in some twenty countries, aroused great emotion in France and in this small country of Central America.

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French President Emmanuel Macron condemned on Twitter his "cowardly assassination" and Guatemalan Vice-President Guillermo Castillo called on justice to shed light on this murder.

"One of the most important issues is the criminalization of non-governmental organizations that support the development of" indigenous communities, "one of the leaders of this community, Jose Luis Ramirez, told AFP .

"Benito was one of those people who believed that peoples should be free in their self-determination," he added.

"We are here to greet Benito's body," one of the first mayors of the ixil community, Feliciana Herrera, told AFP, saying she was "revolted" by what happened.

According to several local media, Benoît Maria was driving a van on a road near the indigenous village of San Antonio Ilotenango, in a mountainous area some 85 km northwest of the capital Guatemala, when he was shot dead. The vehicle was riddled with eleven bullet holes, according to the same sources.

According to humanitarian organizations, Benoît Maria supported agricultural projects mainly in favor of the indigenous Mayan-ixil communities, where he resided. He also participated in the creation in 2011 of Ixil University, dedicated to the study of ancestral knowledge of indigenous peoples.

Udefegua recorded between January and April at least 157 attacks against militants in Guatemala, and 462 for the whole of 2019, including 15 murders.

08/13/2020 08:58:08 - Guatemala (AFP) - © 2020 AFP

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