[ View the story "Corruption scandal grips Guatemala" on Storify] Corruption scandal grips Guatemala As controversy reaches closer to the presidential palace, protesters call for President Molina's exit.
The Stream· Thu, Aug 27 2015 18:04:53
protests in Guatemala have come to a head in recent weeks, as revelations of government corruption and scandal rock the country.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court
a motion to impeach President Otto Perez Molina for his involvement in a customs fraud and tax evasion scheme revealed in an
by the UN International Commission Against Impunity (CICIG). The discovery reignited calls for the country's leaders to step down.
Guatemala protests continue over government corruptionHebrew Ahmawan
in April after state authorities
the scheme, knows as "La Linea", which implicated Perez Molina, Vice President Roxana Baldetti and her former secretary, who is
a fugitive. Baldetti resigned amid pressure in May and was
to stand trial for her alleged crimes. Thirteen government officials have also
in the wake of the scandal.
Yet President Otto Perez Molina is
to resign, despite mounting
, students, indigenous groups and ordinary citizens.
Corruption is not uncommon in Guatemala. According to the
's findings, 50 per cent of money in the country's politics comes from corruption and 25 per cent directly from organized crime
A previous scandal revealed the
of millions of dollars off a contract to provide dialysis treatment to patients with kidney failure.
Guatemala sees growing anger over corruptionHebrew Ahmawan
Guatemalans have taken to the streets on a weekly basis
(“I don’t have a President”) and
("resign now") on a weekly basis. The movement has drawn an unprecedented number of protesters to the National Palace.
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The Stream community weighed in when asked what they believed was behind recent protests:
@AJStream @AJEnglish people have changed their thinking as a result of acts of corruption revealed by CICIG, many politicians are involvedMike Aldana
@AJStream all the people knew that politicians were corrupted, but @MPguatemala and @CICIGgt showed with evidence and faced their actionsMikael M
Some shared their concerns about how corruption will be addressed amid ongoing investigations:
@raisazaidi corruption must be stopped, there's no money for schools or hospitals, but people in goverment are getting rich with our taxesMike Aldana
@raisazaidi I'm not sure. I hope so. Ppl doesn't fully trust The Justice system, but there are signs of change. Yet, we carry this mistrust.Mikael M
Though presidential elections are scheduled for September 6,
they should be postponed, arguing the next administration will be just as corrupt:
if elections continue as usual we can definetely predict that corruption will continue as usual in Guatemala #impunityNatalia Cardona
all of the current candidates for the presidency have ties to corruption and illicit money flows.Natalia Cardona
is hopeful elections will have a positive impact on the country:
@raisazaidi i think, protest have an impact in elections... people get tired of goverment corruption and looking for a changeMike Aldana