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Former Mexican Governor Javier Duarte Used Unknowing Indigenous Peoples to Flee to Guatemala

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Apr 27, 2017, 11:54 am
Former Mexican Governor Javier Duarte Used Unknowing Indigenous Peoples to Flee to Guatemala
Javier Duarte allegedly entered Guatemala through a bling spot on the Mexican border with the help of multiple indigenous groups unaware of the arrest warrant issued against him by Mexican police and Inteprol. (Twitter)

EspañolFormer Governor Javier Duarte’s escape from Mexico has been a mystery to many, because he didn’t use a plane or record an entry or exit across the border with Guatemala.

The mystery, however, is beginning to unravel.

The former Governor of Veracruz entered Guatemala through Solola, a department 93 miles from the country’s capital of Guatemala City. There’s a blind spot along the Mexican border there near Huehuetenango. Duarte and his wife were reportedly assisted by indigenous people on both sides of the border who don’t speak Spanish.

 

Javier Duarte apparently took advantage of the people’s hospitality in order to pass through unnoticed, and which would have allowed him to easily avoid immigration authorities aware of the arrest warrant issued by Interpol and Mexican police.

The former governor and his wife were transported by several indigenous populations without having to pass by Guatemala City. Among them were the Achi, Akateco, Awakateco, Chalchiteco, Ch’orti, c ‘, Chuj , Itza ‘, Ixil and Jacalteco.

They were near the town of Panajachel in the Solola department located four hours away from the Guatemalan capital and where two Mayan languages are spoken: Kaqchikel and Tz’utujil.

Mexican media outlets such as Sin Embargo pointed out the irony of Duarte’s movement through Guatemala and his reliance on indigenous people to maintain his anonymity. While he was governor of Veracruz, where ethnic populations made up a large percentage of his constituents, he stole money from public works projects that would have benefitted them.

Source: Sin Embargo

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.