Hundreds of protesters stormed a convention in Guatemala amid growing protests against President Alejandro Chiamate and the legislature for approving a budget to cut education and health care costs.
The incident on Saturday saw about 10,000 people protesting in front of the National Palace Guatemala The anti-corruption city and budget were negotiated and secretly passed by legislators, while the Central American country was distracted by back-to-back hurricanes and the Govt-19 epidemic.
About 1,000 protesters marched outside the Congress building.
Video on social media showed flames coming from a window in the assembly building. Tea police threw gas on protesters, about a dozen people were injured.
“We are outraged by poverty, injustice and the way they have stolen public money,” said Rosa de Saverria, a psychology professor.
“I feel like the future is being stolen from us. We have not seen any change. It can not continue like this,” said Mauricio Rameres, a 20-year-old university student.
The extent of the damage to the building is not clear, but the fire appears to have affected the Legislature offices more than the main hall of Congress. Protesters also set fire to bus stops.
Condemning the incidents on Twitter on Saturday, Giamati said, “Anyone found guilty of involvement in crime will be punished with the full force of the law.”
He asserted that his confession had been obtained through torture, and that his confession had been obtained through torture.
The president said he was meeting with various committees to present changes in the controversial budget.
Dissatisfaction is growing on social media over the 2021 budget, and clashes erupted during protests on Friday. Guatemala was outraged because lawmakers approved 000 65,000 to feed them, but cut funding for corona virus patients and human rights organizations.
Protesters lamented the recent actions of the Supreme Court and the Attorney General as attempts to undermine the fight against corruption.
Vice President Guillermo Castillo offered to step down, telling both men to resign “for the good of the country.” He also recommended vetoing the approved budget, dismissing government officials and moving to various departments across the country.
Geomati did not respond publicly to the proposal, and Castillo did not share the president’s reaction to his proposal. Castillo said he would not resign alone.
The budget was secretly negotiated and approved by Congress on Wednesday morning. It passed as the country recovered from hurricanes Eta and Iota, which caused heavy rainfall over much of Central America.
The leadership of the Roman Catholic Church in Guatemala has called on Geomati to veto the budget.
“It was a bad blow to the people because Guatemala was in the midst of a natural disaster. There are signs of government corruption, signs of clients in humanitarian aid,” said Jordan Rodas, the country’s human rights lawyer.
He said the budget favored ministries, which have historically been hotbeds of corruption.
In 2015, mass street protests against corruption led to the resignation of President Otto Perez Molina, his deputy Roxana Baldetti and members of his cabinet. The former president and Baltetti are awaiting trial in various corruption cases.