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Chilling Audio Reveals Details of Guatemala Fire that Killed 40 Girls

By: Adriana Peralta - @AdriPeraltaM - Mar 15, 2017, 1:32 pm
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Guatemalans protested against the tragic incident this weekend. (Publinews)

EspañolRecordings of three survivors from a massive fire in Guatemala that killed 40 has been released by a local media outlet, revealing shocking details about the moments leading up to the event.

Nómada, a Guatemalan media outlet, interviewed young survivors of the tragedy that happened at a girls’ shelter, and subsequently published the recordings.

During the interviews, the girls claim the police told them to simply tolerate the fire as it was happening. Also, that there was a revolt being planned by the girls in the shelter against their mistreatment.

Nómada‘s website was inexplicably shutdown following the publication of this information.

The three survivors recounted how the police locked them up and did not help them when they saw they were in danger from the fire.

“They told us we could rot,” one of the victims claimed.

The accounts coincide with research carried out by the Human Rights Attorney’s Office, as well as other officials reports and testimonies collected by the media.

The night before the tragedy, a riot broke out and a group of teenagers escaped from the shelter. The police were able to apprehend them and inflict what has been described as serious abuse on many of the girls, according to one girl’s testimony, which you can listen to here.

Teachers and caretakers at the shelter were waiting to receive the escapees, who were then shut into a classroom until about one in the morning.

“They laid out some mattresses for us,” one girl said during the interview. “They did not bring us any sheets, we slept outside, just on the mats, that’s all. A group of female PNC agents locked us up and were taking care of us.”

The next day, after breakfast, according to the girls’ reports, some requested to be taken to the bathroom. “We asked the police to please take us to the bathroom and the police did not want to let us out, they said that we could rot for all they care. My classmates made a mini a hole in the mattresses and did what they had to do there,” one girl said.

 

The three teenagers agree on what happened next: They set a mat on fire in hopes that the police would open the door and help them.

“One of the agents said, ‘let those miserable girls suffer.’ If we had been strong enough to escape, we would be strong enough to bear the pain.”

The Public Ministry of Guatemala has since captured Secretary to the shelter Carlos Antonio Rodas, Deputy Secretary Anahy Keller, and Director Santos Torres. They are charged with homicide, breach of duties and mistreatment of minors.

Sources: Nómada, Soy502

Adriana Peralta Adriana Peralta

Adriana Peralta is a freedom advocate from El Salvador and a @CREO_org board member. She is a PanAm Post reporter and blogger, a 2005 Ruta Quetzal scholar, a trained engineer, and an SMC University masters student in political economy. She is also a Pink Floyd fan. Follow @AdriPeraltaM.

Mexican Officials Aim to Block Contracts for Companies Building Trump’s Border Wall

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Mar 15, 2017, 11:03 am
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EspañolSome Mexican officials are lobbying hard to prevent United States-based companies assisting in US President Donald Trump's border wall from working in the country. National Action Party Senator Gabriela Cuevas Barrón told the country's senate they should urge the federal government to deny contracts and awards of goods and services to companies that also participate directly or indirectly in the construction of the border wall. Read More: Colombian Left Forms New Alliance with Eye on 2018 Presidency Read More: Priorities of Colombia’s New VP: Drug Trafficking, Illegal Mining, Corruption, Extortion The senator argued Tuesday that the general interest and national security of Mexicans should prevail over the economic interests of individuals that would profit from the controversial border project. Federal Business Opportunities, a US federal agency, began a public tender for the construction of the border wall last February, which had an estimated value of US $21.6 billion. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Some 470 companies, among them Cemex, have reportedly already shown an interest in participating in the work and have been formally registered for participation in the work. Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Cuevas Barrón said the border wall to be built on the US southern border is a risk to Mexico's national security and that "the construction of such infrastructure will have a direct impact on the lives of immigrants who cross through our territory in order to reach the United States." The senator requested that natural or legal persons "who seek to obtain some kind of benefit derived from any action that is against national interests, and even further endangers the national security of Mexico," should be treated with a reciprocal generosity from Mexico. Source: Excelsior

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