An Italian citizen, Giorgio Scanu, was lynched yesterday, Thursday 8 July, by a group of villagers in southern Honduras after being accused of killing one of his neighbors, local police reported. “An angry mob of about 600 armed people broke into private property with the apparent intention of taking the life of a foreign citizen,” a statement read.
The attack, in which the mob set fire to the victim’s home and vehicle, took place in the municipality of Yusguare in the Choluteca department, located about 80 kilometers south of Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital. Police said officers tried to mediate with the crowd, but the group failed to comply with a call to order and committed “several illegal acts” that led to Giorgio Scanu’s death.
They found him “responsible for the recent death of a resident,” police said. The authorities have opened an investigation to “find the perpetrators”. Local media have broadcast videos of the angry mob breaking into the victim’s home. The Italian was massacred with sticks, machetes and stones after being accused of killing 74-year-old neighbor Juan de Dios Flores on Wednesday.
¡ULTIMA HORA! 🔴Luego de asesinar al ciudadano italiano de nombre Giorgio Scanu, pobladores de Santa Ana de Yusguare proceeded to set fire to the house of habitación and el automóvil del now occiso. #ElDiarioDeHonduras pic.twitter.com/JvuMNXYMDf
– El Diario de Honduras (@DeHondurasHN) July 9, 2021