Guatemala - Belgian hostages safe and sound

17th March 2008, Comments 0 comments

In the Central American Guatemala four Belgian tourists were taken hostage Friday by campesions who were demanding the release of their local leader from prison.

In the Central American Guatemala four Belgian tourists were taken hostage Friday by campesions who were demanding the release of their local leader from prison.

The 4 Belgians, two couples from Flanders, were taking a boat trip on the Rio Dulce, in the east of the country, some 250 kilometres from the capital Guatemala City when they were kidnapped. Their Guatemalan guide and the owner of the boat were also taken hostage.

The indigenous farmers who kidnapped them are demanding the release of their leader Ramiro Choc. He is in prison on charges of the illegal seizure of land for nature reserves.

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Belgian hostages safe and sound

First images of the Belgian hostages after their two-day ordeal; they are in good health and will soon return home.
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The same farmers' group,'Encuentro Campesino' took 29 policemen hostage last month. They were freed after 24 hours.

The Belgians were released during Saturday night. The Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs was in constant contact with the authorities in Guatemala following the news of the hostage-taking.

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