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Guatemala — People’s Power Forces Government To Shelve Budget

Angry protesters took to the streets to push back on Guatemala’s government cut in spending on health and education.

The Speaker of Congress in the country was forced to shelve the controversial budget that triggered the protests.

The angry reaction saw protesters setting fire to parts of the Congress building a few days ago.

According to reports, Speaker Alan Rodríguez said Congress would not send the budget to the president to sign, and it would therefore not come into force.

Critics of the budget have charged that the government had prioritized big infrastructure projects over spending on health, which they argued was desperately needed when the country continues to battle the spread of the coronavirus.

According to Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 118,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Guatemala and more than 4,000 people have died in the Central American nation of 17 million inhabitants.

Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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