Guatemala declares state of siege in El Estor due to clashes between police and protesters

Guatemala's president Alejandro Giammattei has declared a state of siege in the city of El Estor, in the department of Izabal (east), due to clashes over the past few days between protesters and police.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - "The declaration of the state of siege is established upon considering and determining that actions affecting the order, governability and safety of residents have been committed in the municipality of El Estor, Izabal," the Presidency explained to local media.

These acts have been perpetrated by "individuals and armed groups against the security forces and the freedom of movement of residents," according to the government.

Therefore, for 30 days after the measure comes into force, the rights of freedom of action, legal detention, interrogation of detainees, rights of assembly and demonstration, and possession and carrying of weapons . . .

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