Guatemala: Worries About a Coup

Worries About a Coup

The government insisted that everything was normal, but Guatemalans were noticeably jittery late last week. The country was bracing itself for a weekend march by relatives of the thousands of people who have disappeared over the past 20 years and are presumed to have been kidnaped and killed by pro-government forces. Two human-rights activists have been killed in the past month alone.

A second source of unrest was the harsh new economic measures promised by the government of General Oscar Humberto Mejia Victores, including tax increases ranging from 15% to 50% on imported goods and new tariffs on most domestic products....

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