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Protest against Corruption and President Otto Perez Molina; Guatemala City, Guatemala, Sept 2015

Protest against Corruption and President Otto Perez Molina; Guatemala City, Guatemala, Sept 2015

Taken on 2015-08-27

An estimated 70,000 protesters demonstrated against President Otto Perez Molina and demanded his resignation as part of a national strike that saw numerous schools and businesses closed and several highways blocked. It is alleged that President Molina led a tax fraud scheme. Ruling party lawmaker Mario Linares will lead a committee to investigate these charges and will present findings to the 158 member legislature.

Source: revolutionnews/twitter

Uploaded by mfa1988 on 2015-09-15

Guatemala Police Training Exercise

Guatemala Police Training Exercise

Taken on 2013-06-26

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala--A police officer assigned to the Guatemala Inter Agency Task Force Tecun Uman apprehends a suspected drug trafficker during the initial training capstone exercise at the Escuela Politecnica June 26. The IATF have been training since April and are scheduled to graduate from the training June 28. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Kevin Doheny, U.S. Army South Public Affairs)

Source: U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Kevin Doheny, U.S. Army South Public Affairs

Uploaded by Agirvan on 2014-01-26

Ex General Efrain Rios Montt testifying during the trial - Guatemala, 2013

Ex General Efrain Rios Montt testifying during the trial - Guatemala, 2013

Taken on 2013-05-09

'Ex General Efrain Rios Montt testifying during the trial. He declared himself innocent: “I am innocent. I never had the intention of destroying any national ethnic group. My role as head of State was specifically to bring the nation back on track, after it had gone astray.” Photo: Elena Hermosa.' On May 10, 2013, Ríos Montt was convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity. He was sentenced to 80 years in prison (50 years for genocide and 30 years for crimes against humanity). Ríos Montt is the first former head of state to be convicted of genocide by a court in his own country.

Source: Elena Hermosa, Trocaire/Flickr

Uploaded by SamiGoat on 2014-08-08

Harmful Algae Bloom in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Harmful Algae Bloom in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Taken on 2009-11-27

Harmful blue-green algae rose to the surface of Guatemala’s Lake Atitlán in October and November 2009. Image taken by NASA’s EO-1 satellite on November 27. Blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, are single-celled organisms that rely on photosynthesis to turn sunlight into food. The bacteria grow swiftly when nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen concentrate in still water. According to local news reports, the nutrients feeding the bloom in Lake Atitlán come from sewage, agricultural run off, and increased run off as a result of deforestation around the lake basin. Cyanobacteria are toxic to humans and other animals. Large blooms can also rob the water of oxygen, creating a dead zone where other organisms cannot survive. This image illustrates the difficultly of removing the bloom. The long-term solution is to limit or eliminate the run-off and sewage that enters the lake so future blooms can’t develop.

Source: NASA/Earth Observatory

Uploaded by MicroscopeLens on 2014-08-07