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Sat Oct 6, 2012, 12:00 AM

Guatemala: Protest Leaves 6 Dead

Source: Associated Press

Guatemala: Protest Leaves 6 Dead
Published: October 5, 2012

Thousands of grieving Guatemalans demanded justice on Friday at the funerals for six people slain when shots were fired during a protest on Thursday over electrical power prices and educational policies in a rural area. The government said protesters were blockading a highway near the town of Totonicapán, about 90 miles west of Guatemala City, when soldiers arrived to help the police who had been ordered to evict the demonstrators. Gunfire erupted, killing 6 people and wounding 34, officials said. On Friday, President Otto Pérez Molina acknowledged that the security forces had opened fire.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/06/world/americas/guatemala-protest-leaves-6-dead.html?ref=americas&_r=0

Guatemala's right-wing President was involved in Guatemala's long-running civil war, during which he has been believed to have taken part in many atrocities concerning suspected leftists.

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Sat Oct 6, 2012, 04:58 AM

1. Rage in Guatemala over killings of 7 protesters

Rage in Guatemala over killings of 7 protesters
October 6, 2012
Associated Press

TOTONICAPAN, Guatemala (AP) — Thousands of indigenous Guatemalans shouted in anger Friday and some threw themselves at the coffins of six local people who were shot to death during a protest over electricity prices and educational reform in a poor rural area.

A seventh victim died later at a hospital in the western city of Quezaltenango.

President Otto Perez Molina acknowledged that government forces had opened fire during the protest Thursday, after saying earlier that police and troops on the scene had been unarmed and the protesters had provoked the clash.

Human rights groups condemned the government's actions and charged they were part of a pattern of excessive use of force against protesters.

He said seven soldiers injured in the confrontation had said they only fired into the air to protect themselves from what they considered to be a threatening crowd.


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Sat Oct 6, 2012, 05:09 AM

2. So they KILL protesters in Guatemala, but that's peachy with the U.S. right-wing wastes of skin

because THAT President is a massive human rights violator, and a fellow RIGHT-WINGER. So it's more than fitting he just slaughters MORE of the indigenous Guatemalans, of whom Guatemala has ALREADY murdered more than 200,000 since the U.S. overthrew their beloved leftist President Jacob Arbenz in 1954, even using U.S. Marines to get the job done, after United Fruit (now Chiquita) started bitching about the way he ran his government to U.S. government officials, like Eisenhower's CIA Director, Allen Dulles.

From the United Fruit Company (Chiquita) Wikipedia:

United States Secretary of State John Foster Dulles was an avowed opponent of Communism, whose law firm Sullivan and Cromwell had represented United Fruit.[17] His brother Allen Dulles was the director of the CIA, and a board member of United Fruit. United Fruit Company is the only company known to have a CIA cryptonym.


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Sat Oct 6, 2012, 08:19 PM

3. Boycott

Guatemala gets a lot of Revenue from Tourism and sweat-shop manufacturing.

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