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Guatemala Declares Emergency as Mining Riots Turn Violent

May 02, 2013

Govt declared state of emergency in 4 eastern municipalities after anti-mining riots resulted in death of police officer and left eight more injured. * Riots began earlier this week in town of San Rafael Las Flores, where Tahoe Resources Escobal silver mine located * 23 members of Guatemalan National Police were rescued by special forces April 30 after protestors held them captive * Protesters stole 24 guns and ammunition from police, Government Minister Hector Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said * Some protestors thought to be linked to Zeta drug cartel, Lopez Bonilla said * President Otto Perez Molina said police deployed to area in attempt to arrive at peaceful solution with protestors * Statement, streamed comments posted on govt websites

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