Amatitlán and the ‘Magic Solution’ of salty water

A Guatemalan court has ordered that the former vice president, Roxanna Baldetti, be investigated for alleged corruption linked to the “magic solution” which she promised would clean up a polluted lake. The mysterious chemical, bought for millions of dollars from an Israeli company, turned out to be salty water.

Amatitlán was once a popular weekend getaway for the wealthy but started slipping into decline in the 1960s thanks to untreated sewage from the densely populated outskirts of the capital, as well as industrial waste from factories and sand mines. Locals and environmental campaigners had already spent many years pressuring successive Guatemalan governments to clean it up to no avail. Then Baldetti promised to change all that.

Jack Guy writes in Vice News and you can read the full article here.


Categories: Environment, Guatemala, Justice, Legal


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