MADRID, Sep. 8 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The Guatemalan Congress has approved with 88 votes in favor the declaration of state of siege in 22 municipalities of five departments, after the murder of three soldiers.
Thus, this decree – requested by the Executive last Wednesday – will be in force for a period of 30 days in several municipalities in the territories of Izabal, Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz, Zacapa and El Progreso, as reported by the Guatemalan newspaper ' The newspaper'.
The Executive justified the decision to declare the state of siege for the death of the soldiers in El Estor, a situation that endangers freedom, justice, security, life, peace and development of the people.
“These groups and these criminal groups operate throughout the region that was mentioned within the state of siege,” said the president of the country, Jimmy Morales, during a press conference and in relation to drug traffickers operating in the affected area.
During the state of siege, the president, through the Ministries of Defense and the Interior, is obliged to provide the assistance and cooperation required. Once this period ends, the country's Security Council will have to prepare a report specifying the risks and threats that each of the municipalities have to face.
In this sense, during the next few days, the military authority will be able to “intervene or dissolve without the need for prevention or warning of any group, order without the need for a court order or pressurize the detention or confinement of any person, and repel or repress by preventive means. , defensive or offensive that any action is appropriate, “according to article 19 of the Public Order Law.
The Guatemalan Army has explained that a group of alleged drug traffickers “would have carried out an ambush” against a patrol of nine Navy troops who were coming to stop an aircraft that apparently carried drugs and that sought to land on a clandestine runway in El Estor .
Guatemala, like its neighbors El Salvador and Honduras, is a nerve center for the transfer of drugs from South America to the United States. The International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), whose mandate was not renewed by Morales and expired on Tuesday, has brought to light several cases of local politicians linked to drug trafficking and organized crime.