|Argentina / Guatemala:
One of Latin America’s most admired folk singers murdered
|The 74-year-old Argentine singer and novelist Facundo Cabral was killed when his car came under heavy fire from three carloads of gunmen on 9 July 2011. The murder has prompted expressions of anguish from across Latin America, reported the Associated Press.
Speaking at a news conference along with Guatamala’s President Alvaro Colom, Interior Minister Carlos Menocal said that early investigations indicated the bullets were meant for Facundo Cabral’s Nicaraguan concert promoter Henry Farinas who owns a chain of strip clubs. He was badly wounded and was taken to hospital in a critical condition.
Facundo Cabral and his team were on their way to Guatemala’s main airport at 5:20 AM when cars flanked the white Range Rover which Cabral and Farinas were driving in on both sides and gunmen opened fire as a third vehicle blocked it from the front. 18 bullets hit their car.
Regret, mourning and soul-searching
Argentina’s Foreign Minister Hector Timerman paid tribute to Cabral on his Twitter account where he wrote: “The murder of Facundo Cabral in Guatemala brings us great sadness. Adios amigo!”
Artists, performers and human rights activists have reacted with regret and soul-searching, reported Los Angeles Times. In a letter to a newspaper, the Guatemalan singer Ricardo Arjona wrote: “As a Guatemalan, I deeply regret the impact this news will generate among international opinion. As a friend and colleague, I will lament the absence of Facundo forever.”
“He who provokes liberty”
After the rise of the military junta in Argentina, Cabral went into exile for a time in Mexico. By 1996, he was designated a United Nations Worldwide Messenger of Peace. Cabral toured and performed actively across the region, which is what took him for a planned series of concerts in Guatemala and Central America.
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