Gutemala: Under the Gun

The familiar shock of murder

As Roberto Castañeda Felice was driving to his office in Guatemala City last week, two men on a motorcycle pulled up alongside his car. Castañeda, the president of Guatemala's powerful Agricultural Association and a wellknown supporter of right-wing causes, speeded up. The motorcyclists followed. Now certain of an impending attack, Castañeda began to weave through the rushhour traffic but was unable to shake off his pursuers. As they caught up to him again, the two riders pulled out pistols and fired, mortally wounding Castañeda.

The murder shocked Guatemala, but the shock has become familiar. According to the Commission for Human Rights...

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