Guatemala. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Guatemala include Independence Day (September 15) and New Year (January 1). The violence in Guatemala reached new record levels during the year and the number of murders per capita – which was already second highest in Latin America – had increased by 10% at the beginning of the year compared to the previous year. The government cited increased competition for street sales of drugs between youth leagues, so-called maras, and established drug cartels as the cause. The supply of cocaine in the country also suddenly increased when the drug police’s stock was robbed of half its contents in the New Year. At the same time, the drug police themselves have become increasingly involved in the cocaine trade. By March, 2,500 dismissed corrupt police officers had been replaced by former soldiers. However, no significant improvements in murder statistics were noted during the year.
At the end of March, the umbrella organization for Guatemala’s Indians and peasants, Conic, gathered several thousand protesters and submitted a list of demands to the government. At the same time, Conic warned of a total uprising unless the government took swift action. However, support for the erection, which had been scheduled for April 20, became modest, and Conic’s leader Juan Tiney accepted an invitation from Interior Minister Eduardo Stein to talk.
Guatemala – Guatemala City
Guatemala City, Spanish Ciudad de Guatemala, capital of Guatemala; 994,300 residents (2018), in the metropolitan area 2. 4 million. Guatemala City is located 1,500 meters above sea level. in the vicinity of the volcanoes Agua, Fuego, Acatenango and Pacaya and have been affected by several earthquakes, most recently in 1976. The city is an important commercial center for Central America and Guatemala’s largest commercial and industrial city. Guatemala City is also a major traffic hub, which is crossed by the Pan-American Highway and has an international airport.
Of the older buildings, the cathedral of San Jaime from the late 18th century is the most prominent. Also dominant in the cityscape is the modern concrete town hall (completed in 1943) with facade decoration inspired by Mayan culture.
Guatemala City was founded in 1776.