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Guatemalan protesters set fire to the Guatemalan parliament on Saturday. The highlight of a wave of anger over the adoption of the 2021 Budget.

From the street we could see the flames inside the parliament and the Guatemalan Red Cross treated people poisoned by smoke, according to a spokesman for the organization, Andrés Lemus.

The protesters demanded the departure of President Alejandro Giammattei, whom they said was guilty approved the controversial budget of nearly $ 13 billion, the most important in the history of the country, voted in Congress.

Shortly before, the Vice President of Guatemala, Guillermo Castillo, had urged President Alejandro Giammattei to resign with him, for “the good of the country”, after the adoption in parliament of this budget that generates a significant debt.

He claimed to have told the president that “he is not going.” He also admitted nWe don’t have a good relationship with the head of state.. Different social groups had called a demonstration to demand the resignation of the president. Parliament, made up mainly of members of the ruling party and related parties, approved the controversial budget this week.

However, most of the funds are for infrastructure managed by entrepreneurs and neglect the fight against poverty and child malnutrition, which affects almost half of children under the age of five, sparking protests.

The management of the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic by Alejandro Giammattei, a 64-year-old doctor, has been severely criticized by his political opponents and sectors of society, denouncing in particular deficiencies in hospitals.

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