Indigenous people celebrate 45 days of interrupted protest in the capital of Guatemala

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Guatemala City, Nov 15 (EFE).- Dozens of indigenous people from Guatemala completed a total of 45 days of protests this Wednesday in front of the headquarters of the Public Ministry (Prosecutor's Office) to demand the resignation of the attorney general, Consuelo Porras Argueta, for their actions against the elections held this year.

The protesters have remained in a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the Prosecutor's Office, in Guatemala City, since October 2 and have warned that they will not leave until the elected president, Bernardo Arévalo de León, takes office on Next January 14th.

The protesters' dissatisfaction is due to the fact that, since last July 12, the leadership of the Prosecutor's Office, together with criminal judge Fredy Orellana, has carried out raids on the Supreme Electoral Tribunal and kidnapped the electoral results of last August 20.

Likewise, they have also tried to cancel the Movimiento Semilla party, from Arévalo de León.

The sit-in was accompanied by dozens of indigenous women who marched from the Supreme Court of Justice to the headquarters of the Prosecutor's Office to support the protesters.

"The defense of democracy calls on us to maintain protests until the elected authorities take office on January 14 so that the will of the people is respected," declared Claudia González, a member of the Women for Democracy collective.

According to the indigenous authorities who are leading the protests, the actions in the streets will continue until January and they also hope that the Constitutional Court, the country's highest court, will accept the legal actions they have implemented to seek the dismissal of the attorney general.

During the protest on the main avenues of the Guatemalan capital, indigenous women performed Mayan ceremonies with flowers and candles to ask for an end to the country's political crisis.

Various actors in the international community, such as the Government of the United States and the Organization of American States (OAS), have condemned the judicial intervention of the Prosecutor's Office against the elections, considering that it is an attack against the popular will.

For his part, Arévalo de León has publicly denounced, since September 1, that Porras Argueta is leading an attempted "coup d'état" to prevent him from taking possession of the presidency on January 14.

The progressive leader, 64, won the elections surprisingly in a process characterized by the exclusion of uncomfortable candidates and the population's rejection of traditional politicians.

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