Guatemala, Latin America: Week in Review

Guatemala’s Colom Blames Drug Cartels In Death Of Folksinger Cabral

July 12, 2011 By Staff

Today in Latin America

Top Story — Guatemalan President Álvaro Colom said Monday that organized crime groups were behind the shooting death of one of Latin America’s most revered folksingers over the weekend. Facundo Cabral, an Argentine musician who rose to fame in the 1970s as a voice for the oppressed under the region’s military dictatorships, was killed by gunmen Saturday in an ambush as he was being driven to the airport in Guatemala. Colom said the gunmen that killed Cabral were after Nicaraguan businessmen Henry Farinas, who was driving the folksinger to the airport at the time of the shooting. The Guatemalan president didn’t specify which organized crime group was involved, but it is known that both Mexico’s Zetas and Sinaloa drug cartels operate in the country. Farinas, who owns a number of strip clubs called “Elite” throughout Central America, survived the shooting but has yet to interviewed by authorities. “It’s evident that the attack came from organized crime and that’s what we are investigating,” Colom said, according to Mexican radio.

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