Public order policing in Guatemala

The Guatemalan military was used in October to suppress a Mayan protest, resulting in six deaths and many serious injuries. This Crisis Group statement emphasizes the country’s need to develop an effective police capacity to handle protest. Around the world and throughout history, using a military response to public protest has often turned out badly.

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One Response to “Public order policing in Guatemala”

  1. Jim Says:

    The military is neither trained nor equipped to do policing. That lesson was hard learned at Kent State. When we went on strong in 1978 during Mardi Gras, they thought they could bring the National Guard in to do the job. Long story short, Mardi Gras was cancelled that year. Finally, history repeated itself in Iraq.

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