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Mar 7, 2003

Turmoil in Guatemala closes border to traffic

In other news from the west, police sources tell News 5 that western border traffic has been disrupted due to trouble on the Guatemalan side of the frontier. Reports are that a teachers’ strike in process now for several weeks, climaxed in the town of Melchor de Mencos when demonstrators blocked the Mopan River Bridge with cars and trucks early this morning and refused to allow any vehicles to pass. We understand, however, that pedestrian traffic is free to go back and forth. Belizean law enforcement officials say that there has been no violence, but protestors continue to arrive by the busload and have promised to remain there indefinitely until the teachers’ demands are met.

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