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Guatemala VP Attack: Women Throw Flour on Her at President's Speech

Image: Guatemala VP Attack: Women Throw Flour on Her at President's Speech The area where two women threw flour into the face of The Guatemalan Vice President.

Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 03:13 PM

By Clyde Hughes

Two women threw flour on Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti in an attack Tuesday at the end of President Otto Molina Perez's state of the nation speech in Guatemala City.

Authorities arrested the women after the incident as Baldetti left the Teatro National. She was taken out on a stretcher and transported to a local hospital; she claimed she had trouble breathing after the incident, The Associated Press reported.

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The attack overshadowed Molina's address, who reported on the country's progress against child malnutrition.

About 30 people protested Molina's speech outside of the Teatro National, where four were taken into custody.

Molina and Baldetti have been in the news lately, announcing on Jan. 10 they had dropped blackmail and harassment complaints against newspaper director Jose Ruben Zamora.

Molina said last week that a tribunal will decide if Zamora committed a crime when he published numerous stories critical of Molina and Baldetti. Zamora was barred from leaving the country by a judge when Molina filed a criminal complaint against him.

The news agency said that a judge granted Baldetti a restraining order against the newspaper director. Zamora, who works for El Periodico, has accused Molina and Baldetti of corruption and nepotism in several articles, stated The Associated Press.

Latin Trade Group, which produces publications through Latin America, including Latin Trade magazine and the Latin Business Chronicle, named Molina its leader of the year at its 19th annual Bravo Awards in Miami in October.

"The Leader of the Year Award is one of our most prestigious accolades, given to individuals who have sparked remarkable transformations in their respective countries," Rosemary Winters, chief executive of the Latin Trade Group said in a statement, per Reuters. She said the group honored Molina for "his profound impact on Guatemala's investment landscape, and the positive effect that reverberates throughout the region as a result of his accomplishments."

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