Guatemalan Protesters Demand Resignation of President

Thousands of Guatemalans staged a protest on Thursday in the streets, calling for the resignation of President Alejandro Giammattei after the firing of a well-known anti-corruption prosecutor.

Protesters have gathered along the Inter-American highway in San Lucas Sacatepequez, demanding the resignations of Giammattei and Atty. General Maria Porras. 

The primarily Indigenous demonstrators were joined in the nationwide strike by student groups and residents.

“We are demanding that Giammattei resign,” Angelina Aspuac, an activist with the Popular and Social Assembly, told Al Jazeera.

“We are fed up with seeing the corrupt actions of this government… The decisions they make do not favor us. They allow and seek laws to generate impunity,” Aspuac added.

Meanwhile, an opposition lawmaker who joined the protest said that a traitor lives in the presidential palace.

“Today, we are in front of the presidential palace, but a president does not live here: a traitor does,” said Samuel Perez, an opposition lawmaker.

The demonstrations gained traction after Guatemala’s Attorney-General Maria Porras replaced anti-graft crusader Juan Francisco Sandoval as head of the Special Prosecutor’s Office Against Impunity (FECI) last week, which attracted criticism from the US.

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