Concern About Rising Crime of Extortion in Guatemala

Employers indicate that the cost of paying extortion fees on productive or commercial activities, can amount to up to 1% of sales.

Friday, February 8, 2013

S21.com.gt reports that "The country's industrialists have declared taken their concerns to the Minister of the Interior where they reported being victims of extortion and theft and a killing spree that is maintaining a 'climate of anxiety' in the country, said Javier Zepeda, president of the Chamber of Industry (CIG by its initials in Spanish). "

More than 90 employers attended the meeting of the Chamber of Industry (CIG) along with Mauricio Lopez Bonilla, in charge of public safety, who presented the strategy to be implemented this year.

The unionized industrialists asked questions about the regulation of private security services, and the reinstatement of police stations to protect private property and maintain order, among other topics.

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