11 people dead after clash over land in Honduras

Posted on August 16, 2011


Militarization in Aguan

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Authorities in Honduras say 11 people have been killed in a clash over land in the Central American country’s north.

Police spokesman Julio Benitez says two peasants and four guards at the Paso del Aguan ranch died Sunday when 300 peasants armed with machetes and automatic rifles tried to take over the ranch.

Benitez says police found the bodies of five peasants Monday in a trash dump near the ranch. He says they included three men and two women.

The Aguan valley in Honduras’ northern state of Colon has been plagued by land conflicts. At least 35 peasants and ranch guards have been killed over the last two years.

Security Secretary Oscar Alvarez says 1,000 soldiers and police officers will be sent to the area.

SOURCE: Associated Press

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