Lev Tahor forced out of Guatemalan village

A man from a Jewish community (R) receives help from a villager while carrying a mattress as he and...

A man from a Jewish community (R) receives help from a villager while carrying a mattress as he and fellow members prepare to leave the village of San Juan La Laguna August 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez)

Vicki Goughand and Jane Sims, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:21 PM ET

CHATHAM, Ont. — After fleeing Canada to settle in Guatemala, the ultra-orthodox Jewish sect Lev Tahor is on the move again.

Members of the group that quietly left Chatham-Kent, Ont., this year after clashes with Quebec and Ontario child protection authorities have been forced out of the remote Guatemalan town where they had tried to establish a community.

The group confirmed Friday it has left San Juan La Laguna for what it says was "intolerance of the city council."

"I don't understand why they don't want us. We're doing nothing bad here," spokesperson Uriel Goldman wrote in an e-mail.

Goldman said an ultimatum was sent to the sect by San Juan's elders, who threatened to cut off water and electricity if the sect didn't leave. "They also warned us they would remove us from the village by force,” he said.


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