At least 33 arrested in protests against the 2021 budget
MADRID, 22 (EUROPA PRESS)
Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Guatemala City this Saturday to express their rejection of the president, Alejandro Giammattei, and have taken the headquarters of the Congress and then set fire to the building.
After this episode, the demonstrations have continued in various parts of the country and the Guatemalan Police have already confirmed at least 33 arrests in a statement posted on Twitter.
The number of injured in the protests is unknown, although the local media ‘Prensa Libre’ has assured that there are at least two injured with eye injuries.
The protesters demand that the president veto the controversial general budget for 2021, approved by the deputies on November 18.
A group that was part of the congregation broke the windows of the Legislative Palace and started a fire without any intervention by the National Civil Police (PNC). Another large group of protesters has concentrated in the Plaza de la Constitución, in front of the Congress and the National Palace.
The demonstration was scheduled for 2:00 p.m., but after three hours the protesters were still concentrated. As night began to fall, the police threw tear gas canisters to disperse them.
Although they succeeded at first, the square was again filled with protesting people shortly after.
The protest culminates two days of appeal on social networks to go this Saturday to all the squares of the Central American country and express their rejection of the Government of Giammattei.
These protests take place after the vice president of Guatemala, Guillermo Castillo, proposed this Friday to the president of the country that both resign their positions “for the good of the country” because “things are not good” in the government.
In addition to the resignation of both, Castillo has asked Giammattei to veto the 2021 budgets because they have “anomalies”, so it should be returned to Congress and be modified, he explained, appealing to “efficiency, transparency and austerity so as not to have more debt “for this modification.
THE PRESIDENT WILL MODIFY THE PROJECT
Giammattei defended the budgets this Friday and assured that he would not veto it, despite the strong rejection of many social sectors, since continuing with the 2020 budget would lead to more deficits than the one proposed for next year.
The president, however, has qualified his position and has assured that he will meet with sectors and “groups of society” to analyze “modifications” for the budgets.
Giammattei also pointed out on his Twitter that “public and private property may not be allowed to be vandalized” in the protests and that these have to be “in accordance with the law.”