- Title: GUATEMALA: PHOTOJOURNALIST KILLED DURING PROTESTS AGAINST BUS FARE RISES
- Date: 27th April 2000
- Summary: GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA. (APRIL 27, 2000) (REUTERS) SLV CROWD GATHERING AROUND DEAD JOURNALIST; COLLEAGUE OF JOURNALIST KILLED CRYING; CREWS TENDING TO DEAD JOURNALIST (4 SHOTS) MV/LV POLICE FIRING TEAR GAS; PROTESTERS RUNNING; POLICE ON STREET (3 SHOTS) LV VEHICLE SET ON FIRE; PROTESTERS STANDING BY OVER-TURNED VEHICLE (4 SHOTS) TV SECURITY GUARD THOUGHT TO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN SHOOTING STANDING ON ROOF TOP WITH SHOT GUN SLV POLICE FIRING TEAR GAS; MEDIA ON STREET, PROTESTERS RUNNING MV/CU PHOTOGRAPHERS/ INJURED PROTESTERS (2 SHOTS) SLV PROTESTERS MARCHING SLV PROTESTERS LOOTING; PROTESTERS MARCHING/INJURED BOY (6 SHOTS) LV POLICE FIRE TEAR GAS SLV PROTESTERS LOOTING (2 SHOTS) SLV AMBULANCE WITH INJURED PROTESTER (3 SHOTS) LV/BV/SLV POLICE ON STREET FIRING TEAR GAS; PROTESTERS RUNNING (4 SHOTS)
- Embargoed: 12th May 2000 13:00
- Location: GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA
- Country: Guatemala
- Topics: Crime,Economy,Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA4ZGT3CQLT8TERL7IWPJDY8BXC
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- Story Text: A photojournalist was killed in Guatemala during protests against a bus fare rise.Students protesting against the new increase clashed with police and looted shops, after a 48-hour deadline to withdraw the law passed.
A Guatemalan photojournalist was killed and up to 18 people, including two other journalists, were wounded on Thursday (April 27) after gunmen fired into a crowd of rioters protesting a bus fare hike.
The shooting took place on a downtown Guatemala City street as angry demonstrators smashed shop windows to protest against a bus fare increase of 6.5 cents.
Over the past two days, demonstrators in Guatemala City armed with sticks and stones have burned city buses, broken shop windows and looted goods.
Throughout Thursday, thousands of demonstrators clashed with riot police who lobbed tear gas into crowds gathered outside City Hall.
Many local schools and most businesses in the centre of the city of two million people were closed on Thursday.Buses were not running for fear of being attacked.Bus fare rises are often met with violence in this poor Central American nation.A large proportion of Guatemalans are too poor to afford a car and relies on buses instead.
Authorities identified the journalist killed as Roberto Martinez, a photographer for the local daily Prensa Libre.A Reuters photographer, who was standing next to Martinez, said the shots came from the roof of a two-storey building as protestors hurled rocks and sticks at a shop.
Police took two shop security guards into custody following the shooting, local radio reported.
A television cameraman for local station NotiSiete, identified as Christian Alejandro, and another photographer, Juan Cruz, were also wounded by gunfire.
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