Guatemala Vice President Roxana Baldetti was attacked with white powder on Tuesday following President Otto Perez’s state of the union.

Guatemala VP Attacked

Following Perez’s speech, Baldetti was making her way out of the Teatro Nacional. As she walked through a throng of individuals, two women stepped towards the VP and threw lime on her, reported Guatemala’s Prensa Libre. Although Baldetti initially appeared to be okay, she soon began to struggle to catch her breath.

Baldetti, continuing to experience difficulty breathing, was wheeled to an ambulance on a stretcher and taken to a nearby hospital to receive medical attention.


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Roxanna Baldetti Attacked With Lime, Not Flour

It was initially believed that the white powder was only flour. Testing on the substance proved it was actually lime, which gave Baldetti a severe case of laryngitis, reported the New York Daily News.

Four individuals have been detained for alleged involvement in the attacks. Yeraldin Yvett Del Cid and Daira Crystal Cooton are accused of throwing the flour at Baldetti, while José Miguel Hernándes Andrés and Aníbal Fernando Rodríguez Aquin are accused of providing the getaway car.

Daira Crystal Cooton throwing the lime at the Guatemala VP

During his state of the union address, Perez claimed that public safety has improved in the Latin American country under his presidency. Currently, Guatemala is still one of the most violent countries in the region.

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