Hundreds of Guatemalan demonstrators stormed into the country's Congress in Guatemala City on Saturday, setting fire to parts of the legislative building.
Carrying the national flag and banners that said "No more corruption", "Giammattei out", and "They messed with the wrong generation", the protesters filled the central square in Guatemala City in front of the old palace.
The demonstrators, majority hooded, broke the entrance door to Congress as well as its windows, hurling flaming torches inside, with no deputies present inside the building.
Video on social media showed flames shooting out a window in the legislative building.
I feel like the future is being stolen from us We dont see any changes this can not continue like this said Mauricio Ramirez a 20yearold university student. "We don't see any changes, this can not continue like this".More news: Cloudy skies and possible drizzle today; tracking chance of Thanksgiving showers
For approximately ten minutes, amid the chaos, the protesters managed to set fire to a part of the Congress building and also destroy everything they found around them.
President Alejandro Giammattei condemned the acts of violence.
"Whoever is proven to have participated in these criminal acts will be punished with the full force of the law", the President said.
Giammattei wrote on Twitter that he defends people's right to protest, but vandalizing public property can not be tolerated. As protests ramped up Saturday, he said on Twitter he was meeting with various sectors to analyze modifications to the budget. Protesters also set fire to some bus stops.
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President Giammattei, who only came to power in January, has not responded publicly to the proposal.
It was a devious blow to the people because Guatemala was between natural disasters there are signs of government corruption clientelism in the humanitarian aid said Jordan Rodas the countrys human rights prosecutor.
Congress approved the budget in secret on Wednesday night.
Earlier this month, Hurricane Eta battered the Central American country, leaving more than 150 people dead or unaccounted for.
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