Guatemala emergency measures after deadly clash

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 22, 2014 at 8:50 p.m.


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GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan authorities have suspended some constitutional rights in a central municipality where 11 villagers died in a battle with guns and machetes.

The "state of prevention" allows temporary restriction of freedom of movement and the right to gather and protest. Media outlets are ordered to avoid publishing content that could incite actions against public order.

The measure lasts for 15 days and can be extended.

Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said Monday that national and military police will be deployed to keep the peace in the municipality of San Juan Sacatepequez.

Friday's clash in the village of Pajoques took place between residents who support plans to build a cement factory and highway, and others who fear the construction could hurt their lands.

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