Guatemala's vice president hit in face with flour

1/14/2014
ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Guatemalan Vice president Roxana Baldetti, left, and President Otto Perez Molina talk during Perez Molina’s state of the nation address at the National Theatre in Guatemala City, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. Two women threw flour into the face of Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti when she was leaving the National Theatre and was later was taken out on a stretcher and driven to hospital by ambulance after she said she was having difficulty breathing. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)

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GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemalan authorities have detained two women who threw flour on Vice president Roxana Baldetti’s face at the end of the president’s state of the nation speech.

Baldetti was about to leave the Teatro National today when the women approached and attacked her. The vice president was taken out on a stretcher and driven to a hospital by ambulance after she said she was having difficulty breathing.

One of the women told reporters minutes before being arrested that she attacked Baldetti because “I have the right to express myself freely.”

President Otto Molina Perez said in his report that there have been advances in security and the fight against child malnutrition.

Outside the building about 30 people protested and police detained at least four of them.