Gunmen attack Guatemalan human rights group
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Assailants wielding machine guns burst into the
headquarters of a leading Guatemalan human rights group Monday and
threatened to kill the organization's leaders before stealing a truck, computers and
Director Aura Elena Farfan said she believes the attack on the Guatemalan
Association of Families of the Disappeared and Detained was more than just
The group assists the families of the more than 200,000, mostly Indian
who were killed during Guatemala's 36-year civil war. It also is listed as a
plaintiff on a criminal complaint filed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta
Menchu that charges former military leaders with genocide and state torture, a
case being investigated by Spain's National Court.
"Those responsible knew the names of some of our most important leaders,"
Farfan said. "They didn't seem to be common criminals."
The four men robbed everyone in the downtown Guatemala City office and
slashed phone lines before making off with the group's truck, four computers, a
fax machine and a large number of files, Farfan said.
The organization was still cleaning up and would not know for days exactly
which files were taken, Farfan said.
Farfan said the group had not ruled out its inclusion in the complaint
possible motive behind the daytime attack. The complaint centers around the
1980 arson of the Spanish embassy in Guatemala City in which 37 people died;
the death of three Spanish priests in Guatemala; and the slaying of Menchu's
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