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Army Shoots Dead Seven Indigenous Protesting Rising Electricity Bills from ENERGUATE

LADB Article ID: 78803
Category/Department: Guatemala
Date: 2012-11-08
By: Louisa Reynolds

After electricity costs in the northwestern department of Totonicapán doubled in less than a year to almost US$12, Mayan K'iche' community leaders decided that enough was enough, and protestors occupied the ENERGUATE electricity company’s office in the departmental capital. The day before, indigenous leaders had already announced their intention to block the the Inter-American Highway, and they were met by dozens of police vehicles and at least two Army vehicles. What happened next is currently under investigation by the Attorney General’s Office as different versions of events have emerged.

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