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Tue, 20 Nov 2012 07:47:53 GMT | By James Francis
The World’s Most Dangerous Cities

Guatemala City, Guatemala



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Guatemala City, Guatemala

Homicides: 2,248
Population: 3,014,060
Murders per 100,000: 74.58

Sitting smack in the middle of the narcotics route that flows from the Americas’ southern continent to the north, it is little surprise that Guatemala’s capital is also a violent crime and murder hotspot. Corruption, drug trafficking and politically-connected cartels and military types are at the root of the problem, which plagues the entire country. Things have gotten worse ever since the military was deployed to fight crime: accusations of human rights violations and unjustified killings are now commonplace.

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