Guatemalan Mayor Lynched, Burned Alive by Angry Mob

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Espa√ĪolOnly a month after being reelected to a third term as mayor of Concepci√≥n, Guatemala, Basilio Jurac√°n met his untimely end. On Sunday, October 11, an angry mob attacked the mayor of the rural town in the southwestern province of Solol√°, beating and burning him to death.

Residents of the Guatemalan town of Concepción believed Mayor Juracán had ordered the assassination of his political opponent, so they burned him alive.
Residents of the Guatemalan town of Concepción believed Mayor Juracán had ordered the assassination of his political opponent, so they burned him alive. (Débora López)

According to local investigators, the lynching occurred just hours after unidentified gunmen attacked Jurac√°n’s mayoral opponent, Lorenzo Sequec, while driving in a van with his family on a local road toward Concepci√≥n.

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Reports suggest¬†that a car cut off the van, and the attackers opened fire. The ambush killed Sequec’s 17-year old daughter¬†and 16-year old¬†niece, injuring Sequec and four others.

News of the attack on the ex-candidate, a fierce critic of the mayor, spread through the area, and an angry mob assembled.

Believing Jurac√°n to be responsible for the ambush, outraged residents set out to search for him. The mob located the mayor at his home and dragged him out, beat him, and torched his body. Before the murder, residents set fire to multiple homes belonging to the mayor’s extended family.

The rivalry between Jurac√°n, a member of the Renewed Democratic Liberty Party (LIDER), and Sequec, of the National Unity of Hope Party (UNE), continued after the September 6 election. The ex-candidate recently criticized Jurac√°n for his mismanagement of the town’s funds and demanded an investigation into the mayor’s office.

Concepción is a rural town 62 miles west of the capital, Guatemala City. The Central American nation consistently ranks as one of the top five most violent countries in the world, struggling to combat gun crime. Nevertheless, the lynching of a public official is rare, and has raised concerns within the government.

Sources: BBC, Infobae.

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