Indigenous resistance against ‘coup’ attempt in Guatemala

Guatemala City, Jan 12 (EFE).- The Indigenous people of Guatemala have protested against “coup” attempts threatening the inauguration of the president-elect, Bernardo Arévalo de León, scheduled for this Sunday.

Several indigenous organizations gathered outside the Guatemalan Attorney General’s Office on Oct. 2 to demand an end to the attempts to reverse Arévalo de León triumph.

After more than 100 days, they are still there, waiting for the inauguration of the president-elect this Sunday.

The rejection comes from the chief public prosecutor and head of the Justice Department, Consuelo Porras, who, according to Arévalo de León, is the main promoter of the coup attempts.

In addition to the resistance of the Indigenous people, there is support from abroad, mainly from the United States and the Organization of American States (OAS).

On Thursday, the United States warned of the consequences if Arévalo de León does not take office on Sunday.

OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro will be in Guatemala on Sunday for the Presidential inauguration.

Historic protests in October

Last July, after Arévalo de León won the elections, the Guatemalan Attorney General’s Office began a judicial persecution against him, with arrests, warrants, searches (raids) in the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, and verification of votes, despite local law prohibiting it.

On October 2, the indigenous organization 48 Cantones of the Department of Totonicapán rallied in front of the Attorney General’s Office and blocked a major highway.

Since then, massive roadblocks have been set up in the four cardinal points of Guatemala. These blockades triggered national strikes and challenged the coup supporters.

The protests have stopped, but the rally in front of the Attorney General’s office continues.

“We know dark forces within the country do not rest, they continue to insist,” warned Indigenous leader Diego Santiago.

Arévalo de León’s inauguration is scheduled for this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. local time. EFE


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