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Popular, indigenous, peasant, feminist, student and urban organizations of Guatemala are mobilizing to demand a change in the political and economic system of the country in response to the evidence found about the acts of corruption within the government, involving retired military officer President Otto Perez Molina, just before the national elections.
Real World Radio interviewed the member of the Peasant Unity Committee (CUC) and La Via Campesina Central America, Daniel Pascual, to know more about the origins and subsequent consequences of these mobilizations.
Parliamentary and Presidential elections are scheduled to take place on September 6 in Guatemala.
The peaceful march called for by the Social and Popular Assembly for today Thursday would be attended by thousands of people according to Pascual with the confirmation of the participation of several sectors in the First National Strike –especially in the capital city- against Otto Perez Molina and corruption in general.
Citizens, peasants, students, business people, parents, public and private officials are participating in the protests which will include a strong rejection to the official political class and the support to the Public Prosecutor´s Office and the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG).
About this, Daniel Pascual said in the interview that the corruption crisis burst in several State spheres, from the Presidency, the National Civil Police, Congress and the social security system.
For instance, former Vice President Roxana Baldetti, accused of being the head of the custom fraud structure, is currently under preventative detention at the Santa Teresa´s women detention center while her case is solved.
The peasant leader said that the elections to take place in September lack legitimacy since several electoral regulations have been violated after campaign finance was linked to the acts of corruption.
Este jueves se cumple un año del asesinato de la dirigente lenca Berta Cáceres en Honduras, y los grupos de Amigos de la Tierra Internacional (ATI) se movilizarán en decenas de países a partir de hoy, en el marco de una Semana de Acción que tendrá como cierre el 8 de marzo, Día Internacional de la Mujer.
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