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Protests erupt in Guatemala over laws to dilute anti-graft campaign

Monday, September 18, 2017

Guatemalans responded with anger Thursday to the approval of legislation to roll back the country’s anticorruption campaign, deepening a political crisis that has kept the country on edge for weeks.

On Thursday night, the country’s highest court provisionally suspended the legislation. But the congressional maneuver had already generated broad opposition — from conservative business groups to students.

The upheaval is only the latest chapter in the escalating tension between the government and a United Nations anticorruption panel that many Guatemalans view as their best hope to root out graft.

Source: New York Times