22 Jan 2012

Guatemalans protest atop volcano

8:20 pm on 22 January 2012

About 12,000 Guatemalans have climbed an extinct volcano in a protest against domestic violence.

Guatemala has one of the highest murder rates in the world and domestic violence is a particular problem.

The BBC reports that the Volcan de Agua or "Water Volcano" - also known as Hunahpu by the indigenous Maya - towers above the colonial city of Antigua, 45km southeast of Guatemala City.

The activists performed what they hope is the world's longest human chain all the way to the peak of the almost 4000 metre volcano.

Among those taking part in the protest was Guatemala's new president, Otto Perez Molina.