President Perez Molina greets the Guatemalan army with whom he has pledged to crack down on organised crime (photo:dpa)

Guatemala’s new president Otto Perez Molina raises an ‘iron fist’ to the drug cartels

Otto Perez Molina has come to power in Guatemala promising to clamp down on violence, particularly in relation to drug trafficking and organised crime, to improve citizen security. It is one of Central America's most violent countries with a murder rate twice that of Mexico. But there are concerns that his hard-line policies do not bode well for human rights in the country.

OTTO PEREZ Molina has wasted no time since winning the presidential election in November, 2011, in putting his campaign promise into practice to address the growing violence in the country and improve its security.

Mr Perez Molina, who was sworn in on January ...

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Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin
There are fears among human rights campaigners that President Perez Molina will revert to violence as a mechanism of restoring and maintaining order in the country
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