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Wednesday December 14, 2011

Rigoberta Menchú‘s Grand-Nephew Shot in Guatemala

Rigoberta Menchú‘s Grand-Nephew Shot in Guatemala

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A grand-nephew of 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu was wounded in a shooting incident in the northern Guatemalan city of Coban, the indigenous leader said Wednesday.

Mario Alberto Vasquez Menchu and a friend were shot Tuesday night while walking in a park, Rigoberta told radio stations.

Coban is the capital of Alta Verapaz province, officially under a state of siege as the Guatemalan security forces seek to repel an incursion by Mexico’s violent Los Zetas drug cartel.

While Vasquez Menchu is stable, his unnamed friend is listed in serious condition at the main hospital in Copan, the Nobel peace laureate said.

She identified Vasquez Menchu as the son of her niece Cristina and grandson of her brother Nicolas, who both have retail outlets in Coban’s market.

Rigoberta Menchu said it was the first attack on a member of her family since the end of Guatemala’s 1960-1996 civil war, which claimed the lives of her parents and other relatives.

The veteran activist said she had no idea why her grand-nephew was targeted.

“We are upset and concerned about the violence the country is experiencing,” Rigoberta Menchu said.