Protests grow in Guatemala after approval of budget
Guatemalans have taken to the streets to protest President Alejandro Giammattei, and to demand that he veto the controversial general budget for 2021, approved by deputies on November 18.
Guatemalans have taken to the streets to protest President Alejandro Giammattei, and to demand that he veto the controversial general budget for 2021, approved by lawmakers on November 18.
A fire broke out at the Congress in the capital city, though protested said that infiltrated groups have burned down the building, serving as a distraction from the popular calls in rejection of corruption.
Police and riot forces began detaining people on Saturday evening. Among the detained was Guatemalan lawyer, Ingrid Medina.
On social media, various social organizations and citizens have been calling for people to go to all the squares of the country and express their rejection of the Giammattei Government.
The Association for Research and Social Studies (ASIES), in a tweet, made clear its "indignation and energetic protest" with the way in which the budget for 2021 was approved, "as well as the levels of indebtedness that are assumed with this and that compromise the future of the country.”
The Human Rights Ombudsman, for its part, called on the police forces to avoid repression and respect free expression of thought.
On Friday, the Vice President of Guatemala, Guillermo Castillo, asked President Giammattei to resign with hiem because "things are not good." In particular, he did not agree with the way in which the expenditure plan for the coming year was endorsed.
According to what was approved by the deputies, 65 percent of the budget for expenditures for next year will be used for the operation of the Government, 20 percent for investment and 15 percent for the payment of debts.