Guatemala: Indigenous Citizens Lead Protests Demanding Resignation of the President

Protesters demand the resignation of president Alejandro Giammattei and other members of cabinet over corruption and mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Resignation Guatemala
Source: telesurenglish.net

Protests have been taking place in Guatemala, where citizens have been demanding the resignation of president  Alejandro Giammattei and other members of its cabinet over corruption and mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the calls by Indigenous leaders for a “paro nacional,” i.e. a nationwide shutdown, on Thursday, communities and unions rallied and blocked roads around the country to demand the resignation of the president and attorney general.

 

Protesters have also demanded resignation of the head of the Public Ministry (MP), attorney general Consuelo Porras.

On July 23, Attorney General Consuelo Porras fired prosecutor Juan Francisco Sandoval who was the head of the Special Anti-Impunity Prosecutor’s Bureau, or FECI. Porras’s office referred to bias and disrespect as the reason for Sandoval’s termination as head. Sandoval responded in a press conference and raised allegations that Porras stood in the way of FECI’s work so as to protect high-level officials, particularly those in the president’s circle, from prosecution for corruption. The allegations have been refuted by Porras and President Alejandro Giammattei.

 

On Thursday, there were rallies in 22 departments of the country, which continued on Friday as well. The protests were summoned and organised mainly via social media by Indigenous leaders and organizations. These figureheads have been vocal in their demands for ousting corruption in the presidential circle and in their criticisms of last year’s budget cut in sectors such as education, health, and justice.

 

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