As President Jimmy Morales gave a speech Friday night to celebrate Guatemala’s 197 years of independence in the Constitution square, citizens chanted the slogan “Get Out! Get Out!”
Annually on September 14, Guatemalans carry the fire of the independence in symbolic marches. This year, in the midst of a political controversy, stirred by president Morales’ expulsion of an international anti-corruption body, Guatemalans chose to celebrate independence by demanding Morales step down while protesting against corruption.
A heavy police and military presence was also condemned by citizens who were searched before being able to enter the Plaza Mayor, where celebrations took place.
Excesiva presencia militar y policial en los actos cívicos de independencia causan indignación en la Ciudad de #Guatemala pic.twitter.com/L9oshuD2F5
— ImpunityWatch Guate (@ImpunityWatchGt) September 14, 2018