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The Cost of Corruption in Latin America

Crooked government escalates violence. Citizens are fed up with both.
They've had enough.

They've had enough.

Photographer: Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images

Guatemalans are steaming. Crowds of them have poured into the streets this month --  some 60,000 on May 16 alone  -- to protest  corruption and demand the ouster of President Otto Perez Molina.

Triggered by the scandal over a giant scheme of import tax fraud, the widening crisis already has toppled the nation's vice president, the energy minister, the Central Bank governor and interior minister.