Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Protesters Block Aduana in Santo Tomás de Castilla

Hundreds of protesters snarled the offices of aduana in Santo Tomás de Castilla, Izabal and Tecún Umán 2, San Marcos over the proposed increase in car import taxes. They plan to continue the protest until Congress reduces the amount of the tax.

Protesters claim that the tax is harmful to a large number of workers who are involved in the repair, body work, painting, and sale of imported used cars that were damaged in accidents. They say that the tax is especially bad now during the tough economic times.

President Colom's response is that the tax revenue is needed for new social programs and that the claims of the protesters are exaggerated. It does not effect the entire population but only the 7 percent of Guatemala's population that can afford cars.

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