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Guatemala Orders Security Crackdown

Guatemala ordered security forces, including army troops, to keep order on the streets after violence broke out at a protest Thursday in favor of a former dictator’s presidential bid. A journalist fleeing from stick-wielding rightists at the demonstration died of a heart attack. President Alfonso Portillo told joint units of police and soldiers to crack down on political unrest, simmering in recent weeks with the possible return to power of ex-dictator Gen. Efrain Rios Montt. “I have given instructions for the combined forces to go on the streets to guarantee the respect and physical integrity of people and private property because I am not going to tolerate disorder of any type,” Portillo said in a radio and television address. The forces he referred to are joint police and army units which began patrolling the streets of the capital several weeks ago to combat common crime. The soldiers taking part in the patrols are small in number and unarmed. Full Story

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