H/W SUPPORT CABLE FOR (DELETED) 10 OCTOBER 1995 RE: 1. GUATEMALA: TENSIONS OVER

Created: 10/1/1995

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1. GUATEMALA: TENSIONS OVER REFUGEES PRODUCE VIOLENCE

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1. GUATEMALA: TENSIONS OVER REFUGEES PRODUCE VIOLENCE

A CLASH ON THURSDAY BETWEEN ARMY TROOPS AKD FORMER REFUGEESGatTEM^ALEFT^^UASTEAD AND MANY MORE REPORTS. MINISTER OF DEFENSE

ENRIQUE! HAS ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THE ARMY OPENED FIRE BUT CLAIMS IT WAS IN SELF-DEFENSE BECAUSE THE RETURNEES TRIED TO DISARM THE TROOPS, WHO HAD BEEN INVITEDELEBRATION; ACCORDING TO PRESS REPORTS, ENRIQUEZ HAS RESIGNED OVER THE INCIDENT, AND HIS NUMBER TWO, GENERAL MARCO ANTONIO GONZALEZ TARACENA, HAS BEEN NAMED AS

his successor. press reports say three soldiers here among the wounded.

uatemalan human rights activists have condemned the incident as an army massacre. the special un human rights inspector, by coincidence. began her regular visit yesterday; past un reports have criticized the government.

this was the first clash involving army troopsroopefugees returned fromear ago. ural confrontations between residents and returnees over land rights and access to limited aid continue toowever.

ore0 guatemalan refugees remain innd have significant potential to provoke violence upon

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