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Lev Tahor relocates within Guatemala after police raid

A fringe haredi Orthodox sect that has been living on the outskirts of Guatemala City for the past two years has relocated after saying it was harassed by local authorities.

The group, Lev Tahor, told the French news agency AFP that it moved Sunday to Oratorio, a village 30 miles east of Guatemala City. Members will live in tents on land that the sect purchased to build housing.

Earlier this month, authorities in Guatemala City raided the sect’s compound, separating children from their parents, amid allegations of physical and mental abuse. The crackdown came at the request of Israel’s Justice Ministry, the Orthodox news website Kikar Hashabbat reported at the time of the raid. Many members of the sect are Israeli.



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