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Police Clash With Dozens Protesting Water Fee Hike in Guatemala, 20 Injured

At least 20 people were wounded in Villa Nueva, south of the capital of Guatemala, as police used tear gas against dozens of people protesting against increasing water and garbage collection fees, local media reports.

MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – The protesters blocked a major highway connecting Guatemala City with the Villa Nueva village on Wednesday. After a failed attempt at dialogue, police used tear gas and petrol bombs to disperse the protesters.

According to El Periodico, several civilians were beaten in clashes with police officers.

The hike in water and garbage collection rates from $3.26 to $9.80 was announced in January. According to local authorities, the measure is being introduced in order to cover a shortfall in providing public services.

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