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Hundreds 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 get together

ByThe Related Press

September 19, 2023, 2:00 PM

Indigenous individuals march for the resignation of the Lawyer Normal Consuelo Porras in Guatemala Metropolis, Monday, Sept. 18, 2023. President-elect Bernardo Arévalo has referred to as individuals to protest efforts to derail his presidency earlier than he can take workplace and for the legal professional normal’s resignation attributable to its workplace’s investigations associated to the registration of Arévalo’s Seed Motion get together, and alleged fraud within the election. (AP Photograph/Moises Castillo)

The Related Press

GUATEMALA CITY — Hundreds 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 get together.

Protests organized by the Farmworkers’ Growth Council arrange about 14 blockades on Guatemala’s seven important 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 get together of president-elect Bernardo Arévalo.

Arévalo received 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 stated that’s not supported by proof.

Earlier this week Aleisar Arana, a frontrunner of the Xinca ethnic group, referred to as the prosecutions an try at a “coup.”

“The coup that the prosecution is main should be stopped,” Arana stated. Protesters threatened to maintain demonstrating till the efforts towards 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 stated Friday in an interview with The Related Press.

A coalition of educational and rights teams issued a press release Monday saying that worldwide strain ought to be stepped up to make sure Guatemala respects the outcomes of the elections.

Arévalo, a progressive lawmaker and educational, shocked Guatemala by making it into the runoff during which he beat former first woman Sandra Torres by greater than 20 factors.

The legal professional normal’s workplace has stated it’s only following the regulation, however has come below 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 normal’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 Lawyer Normal Consuelo Porras’ resignation and stated he would briefly droop the method of transition from outgoing President Alejandro Giammattei.



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