Guatemalan farmers block roads to ask for Morales resignation

Several groups of peasants began today to block different roads in the country as part of a "national strike" to demand the resignation of the president of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, of all his Government team and 158 parliamentarians.

Guatemala, Nov 7 (EFE) .- Several groups of peasants began today to block different roads in the country as part of a "national strike" to demand the resignation of the president of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, of all his team of Government and of the 158 parliamentarians.

The General Directorate of Road Safety and Protection (Provia) indicated that so far there are blockages in the route to the Atlantic, kilometer 130 of Río Hondo (Zacapa), kilometer 245 of La Ruidosa (Izabal), the CA-2 West route, kilometer 178 of El Zarco (Retalhuleu), route to El Salvador and the kilometer El Boquerón (Santa Rosa).

The Peasant Development Committee (Codeca) of Guatemala convened a national strike together with others on Tuesday and tomorrow, Wednesday. unions, community groups and social organizations to ask for the resignation of Morales, his cabinet and the 158 congressmen.

In addition to the resignations, Codeca will ask that the Ministry Public (MP-Prosecutor's Office) "speed up the criminal prosecution of the corrupt" and that, together with the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) "continue to dismantle all criminal structures that are entrenched in the State. "

The Committee also demands that" the persecution cease "against" social and community leaders and rights defenders ". humans of the people ", who, they complained," have been systematically persecuted in recent years. "

Organized peasants and other civil society entities have called for several national strikes this year with diverse demands, such as the nationalization of energy or the end of corruption, the latter a scourge that has splattered the current government.

Ante the announcement of Codeca to carry out a national strike, the Coordinating Committee of Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial and Financial Associations (Cacif) presented a memorial before the Attorney General of Human Rights (PDH) to request that the right to free locomotion be respected.

The PDH said that it will be present at the blockades to ensure that all rights are respected.

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