A woman holds a sign that reads “No to the state of siege” in front of one of the police lines in Guatemala City [Jeff Abbott/Al Jazeera]

Guatemala City – Guatemalan legislators voted on Saturday to ratify a state of siege in the eastern part of the country, despite protests by social groups.

Outgoing President Jimmy Morales established the 30-day state of siege on Wednesday by executive decree after three soldiers were killed a day earlier in eastern Guatemala. Congress had passed a resolution on Wednesday urging the executive branch to issue the decree.

“We ask all institutions and also the population to cooperate and collaborate with all the work our security forces will do,” Morales said on Wednesday after announcing the measure.


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