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Violence Coming Soon! President Molina Authorizes Army to Fight Organized Crime

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On day two of office, Guatemala’s newly installed president called for the military to “neutralize” organized crime. However there is growing concern amongst human rights groups over President Perez Molina overstepping military boundaries because of his decades of service in the Guatemalan army during its civil war. The concerns are based on the fact that the Guatemalan military committed numerous atrocities during the civil war, although Pérez Molina has not been directly involved in any.

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Original Article Text From Mexico CNN via Google Translate :

Pérez Molina Urges the Army to ‘Neutralize’ Organized Crime

Guatemala’s new president, Otto Perez, has called for the military to “neutralize” organized crime in the Central American country.

A day after taking office , the Guatemalan president appeared to address his political campaign to combat crime and violence with “iron fist”.

“Today, publicly, I give the Army an important goal of cooperation, coordination and cooperation with other security institutions, which is to put an end to an external threat and help to neutralize illegal armed groups through military force” , said Sunday.

Addressing the troops, Perez Molina said the Army will provide more resources. He said he has discussed a new strategy with the ministers of Defense and Interior.

Poverty is endemic in Guatemala and the country is one with the worst crime rates in Latin America. 43% of children under five are chronically malnourished.

The murder rate in 2010 was 42% per 100,000 inhabitants, one of the highest in the world.

In July a national survey, more than two thirds of Guatemalans said the violence was what worried him most, far surpassing the combined totals for economy, unemployment, poverty and education.

Pérez Molina’s predecessor, Alvaro Colom, also used the military to end crime. Declared state of emergency in the provinces of Alta Verapaz and Peten, where the Mexican criminal groups like Los Zetas, had strengthened their control of the area.

The temporary emergency decrees restricted civil liberties and allowed the military could order the arrest and imprisonment, without warrant, of anyone who seemed suspicious of plotting against the government.

Human rights groups have expressed concern that Perez Molina ranking achieved in the Army during the decades of civil war in Guatemala.

The concerns are based on the fact that the Guatemalan military committed numerous atrocities during the civil war, although Pérez Molina has not been directly involved in any.

More than 200,000 people died or “disappeared” between 1966 and 1996, according to United Nations estimates.

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  • robo

    The main duty of government is the safety and well being of the people.

    So what should a President do about criminal gangs who use violence to impose their will on the people of a country?

    1. Let the criminals do whatever they want to do?
    2. Just ask the criminals to be nice and stop hurting people?
    3. Use force to stop the criminal activities?

    I think the only reasonable choice is number 3.

    Human rights are for people who are acting like humans, not for humans that are acting like savage beasts.

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