Guatemala: Mob holds 29 policemen hostage in land legalization dispute

An angry mob took 29 policemen hostage in a Guatemalan town and held them for 32 hours before releasing the officers in exchange for talks about legalizing their lands and dropping charges against a jailed farm leader, an official said. The standoff began late Thursday when a crowd surrounded the police station in the Caribbean coastal town of Livingston, disarmed the agents and took them to their remote village of Maya Creek. The mob of hundreds threatened to kill the officers unless authorities agreed to release a jailed farm leader accused of leading land seizures.