Hundreds of protesters took over the Guatemalan Congress yesterday and set fire to several offices. After being evicted by the security forces, the firefighters were able to put out the fire. The assault occurred within the framework of protests against the Government chaired by Alejandro Giammattei and the Legislative Assembly after the approval of the Budgets for 2021, a rejection that brought together more than 10,000 Guatemalans in a demonstration – this peaceful one – in front of the National Palace of Culture, in the center of the capital.
The House assailants, mostly hooded, broke the access door and several windows, throwing torches inside. They also broke into the building, sowing destruction in several rooms. After about ten minutes, the National Civil Police managed to evacuate them by throwing tear gas canisters. The deputies were not in the hemicycle, and at the end of this edition there were no reports of personal injuries in the assault, although there were images and information of at least half a dozen protesters injured after the police intervention.
The events occurred barely a kilometer from the place where, at the same time, thousands of citizens were peacefully demonstrating against Giammattei after ten months in office. The Guatemalan president warned on his social networks that “You have the right to demonstrate according to the law”, but “we cannot allow it to vandalize with public or private property.”