Protesters set fire to Guatalama's Congress building

Hundreds of anti-government protesters in Guatemala on Saturday vandalised and set fire to parts of the country’s Congress building, before being dispersed by riot police.

The BBC reports that the building in Guatemala City was empty at the time of the attack, which lasted for about 10 minutes.

The fire services managed to put the fire and were investigating the extent of the damage.

The protesters are opposed to the national budget, which was approved by Congress on Wednesday night. They also want President Alejandro Giammattei to resign.

The opposition has been complaining that the budget prioritises big infrastructure projects, to be handled by companies with government connections, and overlooks the social and economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.




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