1000’s of farmers and Indigenous supporters have blocked roads and streets in Guatemala to defend the president-elect as authorities prosecutors search to ban his political celebration
ByThe Related Press
September 19, 2023, 2:00 PM
GUATEMALA CITY — 1000’s of farmers and Indigenous supporters on Tuesday blocked roads and streets in Guatemala to defend the president-elect as authorities prosecutors search to ban his political celebration.
Protests organized by the Farmworkers’ Improvement Council arrange about 14 blockades on Guatemala’s seven major highways and blocked a number of streets in Guatemala Metropolis.
Protesters are demanding the resignation of prosecutors who’ve sought to ban the Seed Motion celebration of president-elect Bernardo Arévalo.
Arévalo gained the Aug. 20 presidential runoff in a landslide, however prosecutors have continued pursuing a number of investigations associated to the registration of Seed Motion, and alleged fraud within the election. Worldwide observers have mentioned that’s not supported by proof.
Earlier this week Aleisar Arana, a pacesetter of the Xinca ethnic group, referred to as the prosecutions an try at a “coup.”
“The coup that the prosecution is main have to be stopped,” Arana mentioned. Protesters threatened to maintain demonstrating till the efforts in opposition to Arévalo are stopped.
Arévalo introduced plans final week to name Guatemalans into the streets to protest efforts to derail his presidency earlier than he can take workplace, he mentioned Friday in an interview with The Related Press.
A coalition of educational and rights teams issued an announcement Monday saying that worldwide strain must be stepped up to make sure Guatemala respects the outcomes of the elections.
Arévalo, a progressive lawmaker and tutorial, shocked Guatemala by making it into the runoff through which he beat former first girl Sandra Torres by greater than 20 factors.
The legal professional basic’s workplace has mentioned it’s only following the regulation, however has come underneath intense criticism inside Guatemala and overseas for what seems to be a brazen try and preserve Arévalo from coming to energy, or to weaken him.
This week, brokers from the legal professional basic’s workplace opened bins of votes and photographed their contents in an unprecedented violation of Guatemala’s electoral regulation.
Arévalo has referred to as for Legal professional Normal Consuelo Porras’ resignation and mentioned he would briefly droop the method of transition from outgoing President Alejandro Giammattei.