Guatemalan natives block highways protesting increase on power price

09:43, May 27, 2010      

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Guatemalan natives blocked on Wednesday, for the second consecutive day, the Pan American highway to protest against the increase of 30 percent on the electricity energy price.

According to information reaching here from Guatemala City, thousands of protestors blocked the cross road Los Encuentros, 135 kilometers west of Guatemala City, where are jointed Quiche, Huehuetenango, Quetzaltenango and San Marcos departments.

The protestors are supported by the mayors of the 65 municipalities of Solola department and the National Front of Struggle.

A spokesman from the Front said "if we do not have an answer from the government, we are going to block other points and take other drastic actions."

The natives demand a freezing of the electricity fees and an elimination of the 30-percent power price rise announced on Jan. 1 as well as the subsidy of the government to cover the increase.

The protestors also demand Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom nationalize the energy supply service, which currently is under the control of two Spanish companies.

The demonstrations intensified on May 1 when the National Commission of Electricity authorized the increase to be enforced in the quarter May to July.



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