Protesters in Guatemala Set Fire to Congress Building Over Spending Cuts

Guatemala: Congress on fire after protesters storm building

Protesters in Guatemala Set Fire to Congress Building Over Spending Cuts Photo

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 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.

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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