Source: Latin American Herald Tribune
GUATEMALA CITY – A 17-year-old boy accused of running a protection racket in a town in western Guatemala has become the country’s first lynching victim of 2010, the national police said Wednesday.
Noe Eduardo Marroquin died at a Guatemala City hospital after being beaten and burned by a crowd of some 200 people in Villas de Ciudad Quetzal, a police spokesman said.
The angry residents, who say Marroquin extorted local shopkeepers and bus drivers, would not allow the police to intervene, though they did eventually permit firefighters to take the alleged criminal to a hospital.
Forty accused wrongdoers died in 208 incidents of vigilante justice in Guatemala last year, according to statistics from judiciary, and the Central American nation has experienced more than 300 fatal lynchings since 1996.To Read More =>