Guatemalans march in protest of corruption, price of dwelling

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GUATEMALA CITY — A whole lot of Guatemalans set out from numerous factors of the capital Thursday to protest alleged corruption by a deeply unpopular authorities, the excessive price of dwelling and assaults on freedom of expression.

College college students, college and different workers marched from the campus of the capital’s solely public college carrying indicators demanding that the corrupt get out. “If there is no justice for the people, let there be no peace for the government!” learn one.

President Alejandro Giammattei is beneath fireplace for his reappointment of Lawyer Basic Consuelo Porras, who has been criticized by america authorities and others for blocking corruption investigations and as a substitute pursuing the prosecutors and judges who used to hold them out.

Most just lately, her workplace arrested award-winning journalist José Rubén Zamora whose El Periodico newspaper has a status for corruption investigations, together with in opposition to Giammattei.

Marchers have been headed for Guatemala Metropolis’s historic downtown and the seat of energy.

Leaders of Guatemala’s Indigenous inhabitants joined Thursday’s march as nicely, warning that the rising price of dwelling within the nation was harming the individuals.

Enrique Saquic, an Indigenous chief from Santa Lucia Utatlán, stated “they are strangling us, our brothers, our people are those who are suffering all this high cost of living.”

He additionally famous that the co-optation of the justice system had left Guatemalans defenseless.

Daniel Pascual, chief of the Committee of Farmer Unity, stated the price of dwelling “means an increase in hunger for the poor.”

“The corruption in the end is the stealing of money from the people and those who pay taxes are the poor and middle class, because the rich don’t contribute equitably to the country,” Pascual stated.

America has sanctioned Porras and included her and others on an inventory of corrupt actors in Guatemala who pose a risk to democracy. Giammattei nevertheless has stood by her, reappointing her to a second four-year time period earlier this yr.

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