Guatemala mob lynches 3 accused of stealing truck

AP News
Posted: Mar 31, 2011 9:05 PM
Guatemala mob lynches 3 accused of stealing truck

National police say three men were publicly lynched by a mob after being accused of stealing a truckload of coffee in rural Guatemala.

A police statement says residents of the down of La Democracia, or Democracy in English, about 205 miles (330 kilometers) west of the capital, caught the men, beat them, hung them and then torched their gasoline-sprayed bodies.

The statement said residents killed the men, including two brothers, on Wednesday.

Police said some 3,000 people were involved in the lynching, erecting barricades to the entrance to the town to keep authorities from intervening.

Ruth del Valle of the Presidential Human Rights Commission said her group will work with communities on ways prevent such killings in the future.