HomeNewsBriefGuatemalan Mayoral Candidate Killed
BRIEF

Guatemalan Mayoral Candidate Killed

GUATEMALA / 17 JUN 2011 BY PATRICK CORCORAN EN

A candidate for the mayoralty of a suburb of Guatemala City was murdered on Thursday, making him the second candidate for the position to be gunned down in recent days.

Enrique Dardon was having his hair cut on Thursday in San Jose Pinula, located some 15 miles from the nation’s capital, when at least one gunman entered the shop and opened fire, killing Dardon and wounding a barber.

This came hours after a leader from Dardon’s party, Commitment, Renovaction and Order (Compromiso, Renovación y Orden - CREO), denounced threats against his party’s candidates ahead of the September 11 general elections, in which Guatemala will choose a new president, vice president, and congress, in addition to electing various local positions.

Dardon’s killing follows the Saturday murder of Augusto Enrique Ovalle Barrera, who was seeking the same post for the Partido Unionista, or Unionist Party. According to one human rights NGO, so far this year there have been 19 murders linked to the upcoming electoral contests.

Public security and governmental integrity have long been as precarious in Guatemala as anywhere in Latin America. The massacre of dozens of laborers in the northern province of Peten last month increased worries about the incursion of the Zetas.

The International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (Comision Internacional Contra la Impunidad en Guatemala - CICIG), a United Nations (UN) sponsored organization, recently called on the Guatemalan people to prevent crime and corruption from turning the country into a “narco-state”.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

GULF CARTEL / 5 NOV 2012

Gun battles reportedly between rival gangs in the border city of Reynosa over the weekend left nine dead and suggest…

CIACS / 20 JUN 2011

Guatemala has already seen over 20 political murders linked to the 2011 elections. The indications are that violence will continue,…

GULF CARTEL / 5 JUN 2013

The Zetas reportedly take in more than $350 million a year from exporting more than 40 tons of cocaine into…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela Drug Trafficking Investigation and InDepth Gender Coverage

29 APR 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime will be publishing The Cocaine Revolution in Venezuela, a groundbreaking investigation into how the Venezuelan government regulates the cocaine trade in the country. An accompanying event,…

THE ORGANIZATION

InDepth Coverage of Juan Orlando Hernández

22 APR 2022

Ever since Juan Orlando Hernández was elected president of Honduras in 2014, InSight Crime has provided coverage of every twist and turn during his rollercoaster time in office, amid growing…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution

15 APR 2022

On May 4th, InSight Crime will publish a groundbreaking investigation on drug trafficking in Venezuela. A product of three years of field research across the country, the study uncovers cocaine production in…

LA ORGANIZACIÓN

Widespread Coverage of InSight Crime MS13 Investigation

8 APR 2022

In a joint investigation with La Prensa Gráfica, InSight Crime recently revealed that four of the MS13’s foremost leaders had been quietly released from…

THE ORGANIZATION

Informing US State Department and European Union

1 APR 2022

InSight Crime Co-director McDermott briefed the US State Department and other international players on the presence of Colombian guerrillas in Venezuela and the implication this has for both nations.  McDermott…