Guatemalan President declares alert status in two municipalities

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FILE PHOTO: The President of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, and the Minister of Defense, Juan Carlos Alemán, participate in a ceremony with the armed forces to recognize Giammattei as Commander in Chief, in Guatemala City, Guatemala, January 15, 2020. REUTERS / Luis Echeverria

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – The new Guatemalan president, Alejandro Giammattei, declared on Friday a state of alert in two municipalities on the outskirts of Guatemala City that have been affected by gang violence, underlining his promise to harden crime.

In a televised speech three days after taking office, Giammattei gave the order imposing certain civil restrictions in the municipalities of Mixco and San Juan Sacatepéquez in the west and northwest of the capital.

“From today, we will pursue tirelessly, 24 hours a day, all the criminals who have had us on our knees,” he said.

In his inaugural address this week, Giammattei promised to introduce a law that designated street gangs as terrorist groups.

Sofia Menchu ​​report; Edition by Kevin Liffey

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