Riot police were deployed onto the streets of Guatemala City after a group of army veterans breached the Congress building, forcing staff to evacuate.
Lawmakers and office workers were evacuated as the group set cars alight in the car park, and caused damage to the main building.
Military veterans have been protesting for several weeks, demanding approval of a law which would give them compensation for time served during Guatemala’s long running civil war, dating from 1960-1996.
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