Guatemala Congress On Fire After Protesters Storm Building

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Guatemala Congress On Fire After Protesters Storm Building

Hundreds of anti-government protesters in Guatemala have vandalised and set fire to parts of the Congress building, before being dispersed by riot police.

The building in Guatemala City was empty at the time of the attack, which lasted for about 10 minutes.

The fire services have managed to put the fire out but the extent of the damage is not yet known.

The protesters are opposed to the a budget, which was approved by Congress on Wednesday night.

They also want President Alejandro Giammattei to resign.

The opposition says the budget prioritises big infrastructure projects to be handled by companies with government connections and overlooks the social and economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The country has also recently been hit by two damaging storms, Eta and Iota.

On Friday, Vice-President Guillermo Castillo expressed his opposition to the budget and said that both he and Mr Giammattei should step down “for the good of the country”.

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Mr Giammattei told Reuters he wanted to see what could be done to improve a deal agreed by Mr Morales and US President Donald Trump, which seeks to stem migration to the United States by using Guatemala as a buffer zone.

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Under the agreement, migrants passing through Guatemala en route to the US would have to apply for asylum in the former rather than in the US.

“It’s not right for the country,” Mr Giammattei said. “If we don’t have the capacity to look after our own people, imagine what it will be like for foreigners.”

Guatemala Congress On Fire After Protesters Storm Building

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