Deadly clashes in Guatemala over price rises

At least six killed after protesters clash with police in town of Totonicapan over rising energy costs.

    Deadly clashes in Guatemala over price rises
    The clashes occurred after thousands of Indian tribes blocked sections of a highway in Totonicapan [EPA]

    At least six people have been killed in Guatemala after protesters clashed with police over rising energy costs.

    "We've determined that the number of people who died rose to six," Ana Julia Solis, a spokeswoman for the national human rights prosecutor's office, said on Friday.

    Mauricio Lopez Bonilla, the interior minister, confirmed the death toll, but did not provide information on the circumstances that led to their deaths.

    However, he said that among the injured, 13 had knife or machete wounds, and another 13 suffered blows.

    President Otto Perez Molina said that the violence began when demonstrators fired at security forces in Totonicapan, 170km west of the capital Guatemala City.

    Perez denied that the military was involved in the incident, saying he had information that assailants in a civilian truck opened fire on the protesters.

    The clashes occurred on Thursday after thousands of Indian tribes blocked sections of the Pan American Highway in Totonicapan to demonstrate.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Learn what India's parties' symbols mean by drawing them

    Learn what India's parties' symbols mean by drawing them

    More than 2,300 political parties have registered for the largest electoral exercise in the world.

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen.

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    No, it wasn't because of WMDs, democracy or Iraqi oil. The real reason is much more sinister than that.