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Guatemalan voters doubt election will make their lives better

Guatemalan voters doubt election will make their lives better

— One woman blurted her idea for capturing the attention of Guatemala's power brokers: Let's stop paying taxes. A man sitting nearby suggested staging a labor strike in Guatemala City, the capital. Another woman wondered whether sit-ins worked better than marches in emphasizing the myriad problems faced in a nation devastated by poverty, corruption and crime. The 30 or so members of Otra Guatemala Ya, a citizen collective, asked one another: What can we do to help create a better nation? "People are so fed up," said Gabriela Carrera, 28, an activist and political scientist. For many Guatemalans, the prospects for a better life do not look good. The...

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