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Guatemalan government forced to declare state of emergency following rising unrest against cement project

23 September 2014

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Guatemalan president Otto Pérez Molina declared a 15-day state of emergency on 22 September in San Juan Sacatepéquez, Guatemala department.

A soldier stands guard at San Juan Sacatepéquez, Guatemala, on 22 September. (PA)A soldier stands guard at San Juan Sacatepéquez, Guatemala, on 22 September. (PA)

The declaration followed the death of 11 people and injury to more than 20 others on 19 September during a series of violent incidents triggered by a dispute in the Los Pajoques village that involved supporters and opponents of a USD750 million cement plant currently being constructed by Guatemalan firm Cementos Progreso. Communities at the site also oppose the construction of a ring road connecting 54 municipalities. The government has also confirmed that the dispute also led to the setting on fire of houses and vehicles in Los Pajoques.



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