Guatemala, Nov 11 (EFE) .- The offices, branches and mobile or mobile distribution centers of the Movistar company in Guatemala will be closed from today until next Tuesday. reasons for "security" after a series of attacks.
On Friday, according to several media, four people died and others were wounded in several armed attacks perpetrated against supposed employees of the telephony.
The closure of Movistar stores, as explained by local newspaper Prensa Libre in its digital edition, citing sources of the company, occurs after Friday there was "a coordinated attack" against distributors of this firm in different parts of the capital, supposedly related to extortion.
"We regret profoundly the events that took place this Friday, November 10 and we sympathize with the relatives of the deceased and injured persons. the integrity of our collaborators and clients, "say the sources quoted by the newspaper.
One of the attacks was against a vehicle belonging to the Movistar company in zone 18 from the capital, specifically in the Colonia Maya, where one employee died and two others were injured, while in another, in zone 19, Colonia La Florida, one man and one man died. woman.
The media also speak of a fourth deceased in zone 10 of the capital, a man who supposedly was a publicist of this company.
Movistar indicated through their networks social networks that their service centers and points of sale will be closed from this Saturday until Tuesday, without going into more details, and adds that customer requests can be manage through the different digital platforms until the agencies reopen on November 14.
"We deeply regret the events that occurred and we sympathize with the relatives of the deceased, whose mission was to work for the particular good and that of their own, to move the country forward, "adds the company when answering a user.
the local channel Noti7, which cites unofficial sources, a telephone company of the three that operates in the country, but which does not name, is being extorted by gang members who demand 500,000 quetzales (about $ 68,200 / about 58,400 euros) and the delay in payment generated these attacks.
Movistar is owned by the Spanish multinational telecommunications company Telefónica, a corporation with a strong presence in Spain, Europe and Latin America, the latter being one of its bastions, since it provides, according to its data, services to more than 179.1 million clients as of September 30, 2010.
The Northern Triangle of Central America, formed by El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, is one of the deadliest areas in the world, where gangs intervene in drug trafficking, trafficking and human trafficking, cigarette smuggling and transnational extortion.
According to a report by the humanitarian organization Guatemalan Mutual Support Group (GAM) published in 2016, Guatemala registers an average of 22 complaints per day for the crime of extortion, while the sentences do not reach a daily.
Victims are, in 58.3% of cases, private citizens, while 29.9% correspond to merchants and 9.02% to transporters.