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Slayings Mar Campaign Trail in Guatemala

Ismael Mancur was outside his family’s hardware store, painting a sign for his senatorial campaign, when a man stepped from the shadows and shot him three times in the chest. Police have not uncovered direct evidence Mancur’s killing was politically motivated, but Mancur was one of 21 candidates and activists slain since Guatemala’s election season began, according to groups monitoring events leading up to Nov. 9, the scheduled date for presidential, legislative and local elections. Fifteen others have survived gun or machete attacks. Opposition parties and human rights organizations say the unusually high level of violence is linked to the controversial comeback effort of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, presidential candidate of the ruling Guatemalan Republican Front party. Full Story

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