Members of Jewish sect leave Guatemala village

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Associated Press

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 30 at 12:31 AM

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Members of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish group have been forced out of a village in western Guatemala after disputes with indigenous residents over cultural and religious differences.

Misael Santos of the Lev Tahor community says the Jewish group started leaving San Juan La Laguna on Friday after the town's Elders Council voted to kick them out.

Santos says that there were 230 members of the Jewish community living in the lakeside village and that some had been in the town for six years. Others arrived earlier this year from Canada, where they face a child removal case.

The town's Elders Council voted last week to give the group 24 hours to leave because they say some members of the sect have mistreated indigenous residents and tourists in the area.

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