Rejection grows to the election of rector in the University of Guatemala | News

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Students from the Faculty of Medicine of the San Carlos University (USAC), the only public Higher Education school in Guatemala, occupied various facilities of the academic center, rejecting alleged illegalities in the election of Walter Mazariegos as rector of that house of high studies for the 2022-2026 mandate.

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The young people consider that an imposition and a fraudulent act took place. In addition, they complain of poor management of the center and question the quality of some teachers.

The mobilization joins other expressions of rejection. Mazariegos is not recognized as rector by students of Chemical Sciences and Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Architecture and Agronomy.

Hours ago, the Association of Social Communication Students and the University Commission for Women also opposed it, which stated that university autonomy was violated and illegal and violent actions were resorted to.

Although the election of the rector was validated by the Superior University Council (CSU), a legal appeal was presented before that instance to annul it by the current Human Rights Ombudsman, Jordán Rodas, pre-candidate of the SOS USAC movement for the position of rector.

Jordán considered that the election, held on May 14, was made without a legal basis and added that they are going to exhaust all legal channels, both national and international.

For their part, the candidates for Nueva USAC, Edwin Calgua, and Avante USAC, Carlos Valladares, also rejected the way in which the election was conducted and declared to local media that they are analyzing legal ways to prevent Mazariegos from taking office.

According to local media, there are four amparo actions that have not been resolved in administrative instances and the Constitutional Court requested a report from the CSU on the background of the amparo that ordered the election of rector.

The media also realize that at the time of the vote the CSU was not complete. They add that the site where the electoral act took place was surrounded by a strong security device, which prevented the electoral bodies of Mazariegos’ opponents from accessing said venue and participating.

The site, known as Parque de la Industria, was guarded by heavily armed people wearing balaclava hats. Acts of repression were reported against thirty voters who were prevented from voting.

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