“The time has come for us to take a step forward together, as one nation, raise our voices and put a stop to that corrupt and coup-mongering minority that tries to deny the people’s right to live in democracy,” Arévalo said.
He urged citizens to gather this Monday in protest against the interference promoted by the Public Ministry, including the review of votes from June 25th in the facilities of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, as occurred last week.
In the face of this, Arévalo temporarily suspended participation in the administrative process of government transition, “while the necessary institutional conditions are reestablished.”
Organizations of university students responded to the meeting scheduled at the Human Rights Square, and made viral the call to defend the popular will on social networks. “We call on students, academic staff, authorities and personnel who are part of the country’s educational centers to agree to petitions for habeas corpus protection, they stated.
The Conference of Religious Men and Women of Guatemala also invited people to attend the presentation of the legal appeal from 4:00 p.m., local time, in front of the Palace of Justice.
Indigenous authorities from the 48 cantons of the western department of Totonicapán will also demand the resignation of Consuelo Porras, Attorney General; Rafael Curruchiche, head of the Special Prosecutor’s Office Against Impunity; and Fredy Orellana, seventh criminal judge.
The Semilla party, winner of the second round of elections on August 20th, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal and other organizations presented legal recourse before the Constitutional Court to get the Public Ministry to stop their doing.
Local and international entities agreed in describing these maneuvers as violative of the Electoral and Political Parties Law, and demanded respect for Guatemala’s democracy.