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October 10, 1995
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Guatemalan defense minister resigns after massacre

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GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala (CNN) -- Guatemalan Defense Minister, General Mario Enriquez, has resigned, following last week's massacre of 11 peasants by the army in a remote northern town. A patrol of soldiers opened fire last Thursday on a group of Indian refugees on a farm. The army has said it acted in self-defense after refugees forced the soldiers into the farm and started to hit them. Massacre survivors say the soldiers opened fire without provocation. President Ramiro de Leon Carpio has vowed to punish the soldiers responsible for the killings.



One-day strike hits France

PARIS (CNN) -- Public transportation slowed to a crawl Monday night as a 24-hour strike by 5 million public sector workers got under way. Trade unions representing civil servants and workers in key state-owned industries were protesting the government's refusal to raise their pay in 1996 beyond previously promised levels. The strike hit state railway, bus, subway, airline and utility services as well as the post office.



Japan's justice minister resigns over loan deal

TOKYO (CNN) -- Japan's justice minister resigned Monday over a loan controversy. Tomoharu Tazawa's resignation was expected to clear the way for passage of a bill in parliament tightening control over religious institutions such as the Supreme Truth cult, which is charged with the deadly gas attack on Tokyo subways last March. Tazawa said he resigned so that the controversy over his ties to another religious group would not get in the way of the bill's passage. He has said he failed to report a $2 million loan he accepted from a Buddhist group.



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