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Land seizures alarm business leaders in Honduras

Monday, July 16, 2012

Land seizures by poor families are alarming the business class of Honduras and raising fears of spreading political violence.

They also have become a rallying point for a broad leftist coalition that has grown around ex-President Manuel Zelaya since he was ousted in a coup that bitterly divided the country three years ago.

Guns have often come into play in the struggle over the land owned by billionaire Miguel Facusse. More than 60 people, most of them farmers, some of them Facusse employees, have been killed over the past three years in the conflict over the Bajo Aguan Valley, according to activists, police and Facusse's company.

Source: Associated Press