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The demonstration held in front of the National Palace demanded the resignation of President Alejandro Giammattei.
The Vice President of Guatemala, Guillermo Castillo, has asked the Public Ministry for a "serious investigation" following the protests in the Plaza de la Constitución on Saturday. More than half a million people gathered this Saturday to protest against the Government and Congress, but the police repressed the demonstrators and were even arrested, while a group burned down the headquarters of Congress.
"It is urgent that the Public Ministry open a serious investigation into what happened yesterday. Vandalism and excessive use of police force are clear. The burning of Congress and what happened around it raises doubts. I recognize the peaceful demonstration that took place in the park. Place," Castillo said via Twitter.
A group, dressed in black and with bats with rubber handles and metal tips, were able to climb up to the windowsill, break the glass, enter and set fire to the anteroom of the Legislative Directorate office, the Hall del Pueblo and the corridor where the portraits of the presidents of Congress are located.
The Guatemalan Congress burns down as citizens from different regions protest in the capital. Following days of outrage, President Alejandro Giammattei says he's considering modifications to the widely rejected 2021 budget. pic.twitter.com/YOGllQVA0o
Outrage in Guatemala worsened after Congress approved the budget for 2021 last week, which authorized an exaggerated indebtedness, which compromises the future of the Central American country, according to analysts.
They also highlighted the opacity in which the approval session was conducted, as well as the speed with which President Alejandro Giammattei signed the minutes of the approved budget.
The demonstrations this Saturday called for the resignation of Giammetti, days after Vice President Castillo proposed that he and the executive resign together, and initiate a process of political change in the country.
Es urgente que el MP abra investigación seria sobre lo ocurrido ayer. Son claros los hechos vandálicos y también el uso excesivo de fuerza policial. Genera dudas la quema del Congreso y lo sucedido a su alrededor. Reconozco la manifestación pacífica que en el parque tuvo lugar.
Security forces detained more than 30 people for various reasons during the demonstrations on Saturday, as confirmed by both the Judicial Branch and the Ministry of the Interior.
In addition, first responders have indicated that at least 40 people have been treated for injuries, and dozens affected by tear gas.
Giammattei indicated that he will not veto the budget, but that he will analyze with legislators possible changes to it, which was approved this Wednesday.
Guatemalan citizens took the streets to hold a national protest in rejection of President Alejandro Giammattei and his government, and to demand that he veto the controversial general budget for 2021.pic.twitter.com/cyxzrIR1P1