The president of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei. . / Esteban Biba / Archive
Guatemala, Aug 13 . .- A score of social organizations in Guatemala announced this Thursday that they will hold a demonstration next Saturday in the Plaza de la Constitución in Guatemala City to defend the justice system from the so-called « criminal alliance » in the power.
The organizations, among which La Batucada del Pueblo, born in the 2015 demonstrations against corruption, or the Association of University Students (AEU) of the University of San Carlos (autonomous public), assured that on Saturday they They will gather in the capital’s central park to show their « repudiation and indignation for the actions of the criminal alliance that governs us. »
According to the organizers, « the oligarchy, businessmen, genocidal military, corrupt politicians and the government of the president, Alejandro Giammattei, seek to co-opt the justice system, defile the Constitutional Court and the Human Rights Ombudsman to guarantee corruption and impunity » .
In addition, they charged against the president for his management during the COVID-19 crisis, because, supposedly, « he has not been held accountable, while underserved hospitals, medical and paramedical personnel continue to die and the population in a situation of save himself. ! « .
They also underlined their rejection of the government’s economic reactivation plan, since it, they emphasized, « is aimed at exploiting the natural assets and territories of indigenous peoples to irrationally accelerate extractive investments, which will lead to the destruction of our environment, more poverty and climate crisis « .
Among the organizers are the Asociación Gente Positiva -founded by the current progressive deputy Aldo Dávila-, the Social and Popular Assembly, the Assembly Against the Coup, the Coordinator of NGOs and Cooperatives, the Guillermo Toriello Foundation, Otra Guatemala Ya and the Association of Women and Indigenous Women for Access to Justice in Guatemala.
The activity is set to begin at 3:00 p.m. local time (9:00 p.m. GMT) on Saturday, the same time that was convened on Saturdays from April to September 2015, during the anti-corruption protests that ended when former President Otto Pérez Molina resigned ( 2012-2015), still in custody in multiple corruption processes.