Guatemala: protests against the government over price hikes

Hundreds of protesters blocked more than half a dozen highways in Guatemala on Monday to protest against the rise in prices of food and services, corruption and the declared state of siege in a town in the north of the country, among other demands.

The Campesino Development Committee is leading the protest that keeps 15 routes blocked in at least 10 of the 22 departments of the country.

The organization announced that for two days it will maintain the blockades against the rise in prices of gasoline, gas, food and other services and to demand the resignation of President Alejandro Giammattei.

They are also protesting the installation for 30 days of a state of siege in El Estor, northeast of the capital, which was the scene of protests against an open pit mine of Russian and Swiss capital that extracts nickel and that was installed and operates without having consulted with the local community. Several protesters were arrested, which locals consider a criminalization of the protest.

In the Guatemalan capital, several dozen policemen withdrew a protest that blocked a main artery in the city for an hour.

The business sector rejected the blockades while the government has not yet spoken out.

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