Police Presence Obvious

It is know Guatemala has a major problem with illegal drug trade with the majority of this activity  along the Mexican border. While we spent our time in central  and southern regions we did notice a significant police presence.  The PNC or National Civil Police were evident everywhere and usually armed with rifles.  They seemed to be stopping commercial vehicles along the roads for what reason I am not sure.  Our van was stopped just outside Guatemala City but I did not think it appropriate to take pictures ( I was scared sh……less)  Near Guatemala city most fast food outlets, gas stations and other businesses had armed guards.  Most banks throughout the country  had armed guards.  In Antigua, which is a popular tourist local, they have special tourist police which is nice but we did not see many of them.  I am not sure of the function for other military attired individuals with assault rifles we saw frequently during  our travels.

I am told the military is  still viewed with a little scepticism since the  the country’s brutal 1960-1996 civil war, in which violence against the rural, largely indigenous population reached the level of genocide.  The military at this time was supported by the American government under Ronald Reagan. If you want to learn more about this search out the one hour documentary “ The Man We Called Juan Carlos” by Victoria film company Asterisk Productions. Co- producers and writers, David Springbett and Heather McAndrews have a personal connection to this story. Visit www.asterisk.bc.ca

The armed guard who greeted us at the entrance to a the Copan Ruins was a nice touch.

Guard at the Copan Ruins

Guard at the Copan Ruins

Gas station guard.

Gas station guard.

Road side activity

Road side activity

Private business guard

Private business guard

Must be a boring job.

Must be a boring job.

Typical bank guard

Typical bank guard

This guy took security into his own hands. Hope he remembers to unlock before driving away.

This guy took security into his own hands. Hope he remembers to unlock before driving away. Not so sure that spare in worth stealing.

Policing the street of Antigua.

Policing the streets of Antigua.

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  1. Rod Fay

    Thanks for sharing the pictures and experiences by way of your many blogs. You did a great job and our Rotary club can be proud of you all.
    Rod & Carol

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