Auto Draft

Lesen Sie uns | Höre uns zu | Schau uns zu | Anmelden Live-Events | Schalten Sie Anzeigen aus | Live |

Klicken Sie auf Ihre Sprache, um diesen Artikel zu übersetzen:

Afrikaans Afrikaans Albanian Albanian Amharic Amharic Arabic Arabic Armenian Armenian Azerbaijani Azerbaijani Basque Basque Belarusian Belarusian Bengali Bengali Bosnian Bosnian Bulgarian Bulgarian Catalan Catalan Cebuano Cebuano Chichewa Chichewa Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional) Chinese (Traditional) Corsican Corsican Croatian Croatian Czech Czech Danish Danish Dutch Dutch English English Esperanto Esperanto Estonian Estonian Filipino Filipino Finnish Finnish French French Frisian Frisian Galician Galician Georgian Georgian German German Greek Greek Gujarati Gujarati Haitian Creole Haitian Creole Hausa Hausa Hawaiian Hawaiian Hebrew Hebrew Hindi Hindi Hmong Hmong Hungarian Hungarian Icelandic Icelandic Igbo Igbo Indonesian Indonesian Irish Irish Italian Italian Japanese Japanese Javanese Javanese Kannada Kannada Kazakh Kazakh Khmer Khmer Korean Korean Kurdish (Kurmanji) Kurdish (Kurmanji) Kyrgyz Kyrgyz Lao Lao Latin Latin Latvian Latvian Lithuanian Lithuanian Luxembourgish Luxembourgish Macedonian Macedonian Malagasy Malagasy Malay Malay Malayalam Malayalam Maltese Maltese Maori Maori Marathi Marathi Mongolian Mongolian Myanmar (Burmese) Myanmar (Burmese) Nepali Nepali Norwegian Norwegian Pashto Pashto Persian Persian Polish Polish Portuguese Portuguese Punjabi Punjabi Romanian Romanian Russian Russian Samoan Samoan Scottish Gaelic Scottish Gaelic Serbian Serbian Sesotho Sesotho Shona Shona Sindhi Sindhi Sinhala Sinhala Slovak Slovak Slovenian Slovenian Somali Somali Spanish Spanish Sudanese Sudanese Swahili Swahili Swedish Swedish Tajik Tajik Tamil Tamil Telugu Telugu Thai Thai Turkish Turkish Ukrainian Ukrainian Urdu Urdu Uzbek Uzbek Vietnamese Vietnamese Welsh Welsh Xhosa Xhosa Yiddish Yiddish Yoruba Yoruba Zulu Zulu

Befreite belgische Geiseln können Guatemala am Montag verlassen

00_1205717067
00_1205717067
Profilbild
Geschrieben von Herausgeber

GUATEMALA CITY – Four Belgian tourists held hostage for 40 hours by peasant farmers in the Guatemalan jungle and released unharmed could fly home on Monday, a Belgian embassy spokesman said on Sunday.

GUATEMALA CITY – Four Belgian tourists held hostage for 40 hours by peasant farmers in the Guatemalan jungle and released unharmed could fly home on Monday, a Belgian embassy spokesman said on Sunday.

The four middle-aged holiday makers were seized along with two Guatemalan guides as they traveled up a river from the Caribbean coast on Friday by machete-wielding farmers angry over the arrest of a local Mayan leader.

The tourists, released shortly before midnight in a swap with detained activists, were flown to Guatemala City and greeted by Guatemalan Vice President Rafael Espada, who said he would write to the Belgian government to apologize .

They spent the early hours of Sunday undergoing medical checks at a Guatemalan naval base at the Caribbean port of Puerto Barrios, where they were taken by a naval ship after their release to negotiators from the human rights ombudsman’s office.

“We want to apologize to the Belgian government for the incident and tell them we will make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Espada said after meeting the Belgians, who looked tired but relaxed.

A spokesman for the nearest Belgian embassy, in Costa Rica, said the tourists could be flown home to Belgium on Monday.

“We are very happy that the Belgian tourists have been released,” said Maribel Ramos, governor of Izabel department in eastern Guatemala where the Belgians had taken a boat from the Caribbean town of Livingstone up the winding Rio Dulce river.

Two Guatemalans, a tour guide and the boat captain, seized with the Belgians near the riverside town of Rio Dulce, were also released. Boat trips up the emerald-green Rio Dulce, which winds through dense jungle, are popular with backpackers.

The Belgians range in age from 59 to 64, and negotiators were worried about one who had heart problems.

The mob of farmers had threatened to hold the group until Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom agreed to talk to them about freeing jailed community leader Ramiro Choc, whose supporters say he is fighting for land rights.

But police arrested a handful of the farmer activists in a scuffle on Saturday and a swap was negotiated between them and the six captives.

The same group of farmers briefly held 29 policemen hostage in February demanding the release of Choc.

Close to half of Guatemala’s population are indigenous peasants, many of them landless, who often occupy land to carry out subsistence farming. Land disputes were one of the catalysts for Guatemala’s 1960-1996 civil war, which left around 250,000 people dead or missing.

Colom, who took office in January, has vowed to reduce poverty and violence.

reuters.de