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Nationwide protests in Guatemala call for President, Attorney General to resign

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2021. 10:23 am CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Thousands are protesting in Guatemalan cities and towns calling for President Alejandro Giammattei and Attorney General Consuelo Porras to resign, Prensa Libre said on Thursday.

The nationwide protests come after Attorney General Porras fired the Anti-corruption Prosecutor Juan Francisco Sandoval last Friday. Fearing for his life, Sandoval then fled Guatemala via El Salvador on Saturday.

Generalized protests have followed daily in different cities in the neighboring country.

Community organizations called for a nationwide strike for Thursday. Since early morning the Guatemala media has reported that strategic points on the major highways have been blocked. In towns and cities, people have come out in great numbers joining the public outcry.

Prensa Libre reports that the protestors have used social media to coordinate the protests.

The President of the Guatemalan Congress Allan Rodríguez called for the protests to be held “without prejudicing the rights of others”.

 

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