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Extortionists demand more than 13,600 dollars from Movistar in Guatemala

The company Movistar in Guatemala, which has its offices closed until next Tuesday, after several armed attacks against its workers, is being extorted by assumptions gang members who demand an initial payment of 100,000 quetzales (about 13,600 dollars).

Guatemala, Nov 12 (EFE) .- The Movistar company in Guatemala, which has its offices closed until next Tuesday, after several armed attacks against its workers, is being extorted by alleged gang members who demand the initial payment of 100,000 quetzales (about 13,600 dollars).

This is revealed by an audio circulating today on social networks and for several means of communication, whose authenticity confirmed to Efe a source of the company that requested the anonymity for reasons of security.

In the audio a supposed gang member, who worries about the attacks perpetrated and uses profanity to intimidate the company, ensures that the telephone company has to pay 100,000 quetzales to start, although it is negotiable.

"Lo that we want is 100,000 varas (quetzales) of entry (...) this is negotiable (...) we are not going to back down in any sense ", says the alleged extortionist to a worker of the company, which is complained that a previous person hung up the phone and did not take it seriously.

"Collaborate (...) so that we do not have to continue with violence", adds.

On Friday at least 4 employees of the company died in several coordinated attacks in different parts of the capital.

In addition to this initial payment, the gang member, who He emphasizes that this is not a game and that they want them to "pay the rent", he asks for a meeting with the supervisors to coordinate the payment of another "2,000 varas per week per unit", and adds that they have counted 20.

"We are coming with facts, not just words", threatens, while admitting that this is an "extremely delicate" issue in which "the lives of people" is at stake. that "they can die in the same minute, in the same time", and warns them that they are "located" and that they are going to "demonstrate" it.

"Because just like we hit them right now, they hit, and if they come back out and they do not pay us, we're going to hit them again. He says that the company can notify the National Civil Police to communicate this blackmail because they do not care: "If you want to put the police in (...). sons of bitches. "

" If you want people to continue to die, do not put us in an issue, but you will realize that people are going to continue dying, "he concludes. The company that has requested anonymity for security reasons has confirmed to Acan-Efe that this audio is true and added that the "top priority" of the company now is "to preserve the integrity of collaborators and clients ".

He added, in addition, that this subject is already in the knowledge of the Chambers of Industry and Commerce of the country.

Movistar is owned by the company Spanish telecommunications multinational Telefonica, a corporation with a strong presence in Spain, Europe and Latin America, the latter being one of its bastions, since it lends, according to its data, services to more than 179.1 million customers as of September 30, 2010.

The Northern Triangle of Central America, formed by El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, is one of the most deadly in the world, in which gangs intervene in drug trafficking, trafficking and smuggling, cigarette smuggling and transnational extortion.

According to a report by the Guatemalan humanitarian organization Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo (GAM) published in 2016, Guatemala registers an average of 22 complaints per day for the crime of extortion, while the sentences do not they reach one daily.

Victims are, in 58.3% of cases, private citizens, while 29.9% correspond to merchants and 9.02% to transporters. authorities, one of the sides that carry out the extortion are organized structures such as the Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18 gangs, an income that constitutes their main source of financing and that are coordinated by their leaders from inside the prisons.

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