The seizure of Congress is carried out within the framework of a massive call this Saturday to demonstrate against the Government of the President, Alejandro Giammattei.
Hundreds of protesters took over the Guatemalan Congress this Saturday and set fire to several of its windows, according to Efe.
The protesters, mostly hooded, broke the entrance door to Parliament and also the windows, throwing torches of fire inside, without the presence of the deputies inside the facilities.
The Guatemalan Congress is burning. Protesters set the Legislative Palace on fire
The seizure of Congress is carried out within the framework of a massive call this Saturday to demonstrate against the Government of the president, Alejandro Giammattei, after the approval of the budget for 2021 last Wednesday.
After learning the facts, the President of Guatemala Alejandro Giammattei condemned the “vandalism” acts and warned that an investigation will be carried out to find those responsible.
“I reiterate that you have the right to demonstrate according to the law. But neither can we allow it to be vandalized with public or private property. Whoever is proven his participation in these criminal acts will fall under the full weight of the law “, the Guatemalan president reacted on Twitter.
The seizure of Congress for a few minutes took place in the middle of a demonstration agreed for this Saturday by artists, groups and dozens of entities, with the aim of rejecting the budget for income and expenditures of the State for 2021, approved by Parliament, in its official majority, and presented by the Government of Alejandro Giammattei.
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For around 10 minutes, amid the chaos, the protesters managed to set fire to a part of Congress and also destroy everything they found around them.
The deputies were not in the hemicycle and at the moment no data on injuries or deaths have been released within the Congress, located in the center of Guatemala City.
The protesters were evicted as the minutes passed by the launch of tear gas canisters by the National Civil Police, forcing them to disperse and evacuating the street.
In parallel, while hundreds of protesters took over Congress, thousands of other Guatemalans were peacefully demonstrating against Giammattei just one kilometer away in front of the National Palace of Culture (seat of the Government).
Volunteer Firefighters from Guatemala arrived at the scene to douse the flames using more than 10,000 gallons of water, according to the rescue institution.
“After several minutes of work, the flames are controlled and the work of removal and removal from the Congress of the Republic is carried out. Volunteer Firefighters of Guatemala continues to remove debris inside Congress to prevent the fire from restarting, ”he explained.
Protesters concentrated in the Plaza Constitución warned that they will continue to use force until the Guatemalan president resigns from office.
On Friday, Guatemala’s vice president, Guillermo Castillo, asked President Alejandro Giammattei to resign together for “the good of the country,” after the 2021 budget was approved in Congress, the largest in history, which generates indebtedness and rejection among Guatemalans.
“For the good of the country, I have asked him to present his resignation together,” Castillo said in a message to the nation on social media and sent to journalists in the vice-presidential WhatsApp group.
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