Guatemala imposes martial law on regions affected by drug trafficking

The Guatemalan president, Alejandro Giammattei, has imposed a 30-day state of siege on five municipalities in north-eastern provinces of the country. The measures will give powers of detention and interrogation to authorities, whilst restricting freedom of movement and the right of residents to gather. The action is intended to restore order in areas dominated by criminal gangs and drug trafficking. A similar state of martial law was declared in the same municipalities in 2019 by the previous president.