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Guatemala Congress set on fire by protesters during budget protests

Guatemala Congress set on fire by protesters during budget protests

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What happened: Protesters broke into Guatemala’s congress and burned part of the building amid growing demonstrations against President Alejandro Giammattei and the legislature for approving a budget that cut educational and health spending.

When: The incident on Saturday came as about 10,000 people were protesting in front of the National Palace against corruption and the budget, which protesters say was negotiated and passed by legislators in secret while the Central American country was distracted by the fallout of back-to-back hurricanes and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Vice President Guillermo Castillo has offered to resign, telling Giammattei that both men should leave their positions “for the good of the country”. He also suggested vetoing the approved budget, firing government officials and attempting more outreach to various sectors around the country.

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