Protests In Guatemala Force Congress To Suspend Budget Processing

MOSCOW (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 24th November, 2020) Guatemala's Congress is suspending work on the controversial budget for next year, approved last week, amid violent protests in the country, President of Congress Allan Rodriguez has announced.

"We have agreed to suspend the processing of the budget of revenues and expenditures of the state and the legislature for the period of 2021 through the appropriate legislative procedure, as a result, this decree will not be sent to the executive body today," Rodriguez said on Monday, as broadcast by Televi7.

The president of Congress said the protest action in Guatemala was a coordinated act of terrorism and called for a thorough investigation.

On Saturday, protesters in Guatemala City broke into the Congress building, setting it on fire, amid public discontent over the new budget, which stipulates cuts to education and healthcare spending.

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei warned on Saturday that demonstrators engaging in acts of vandalism would be held accountable.

On Sunday, the Guatemalan government said that the protests were a real institutional threat that needed to be addressed with the help of regional organizations and the international community.

Also on Sunday, Giammattei asked Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Luis Almagro to enforce the Inter-American Democratic Charter.