Guatemala Corruption Scandals Signal End of Era of Impunity

Demonstrators gather outside the National Palace demanding the resignation of Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, Guatemala City, June 13, 2015 (AP photo by Luis Soto).
Demonstrators gather outside the National Palace demanding the resignation of Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, Guatemala City, June 13, 2015 (AP photo by Luis Soto).
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The uncovering of a series of massive corruption scandals over the past two months has sparked a succession of widespread public protests larger than Guatemala has seen in recent history. Since April, thousands of Guatemalans from a diverse cross-section of society have repeatedly poured into the streets to demand change and an end to corruption. The wave of protests incited an ongoing political crisis, forcing the resignation of Vice President Roxana Baldetti and several high-level government officials, including four members of President Otto Perez Molina’s Cabinet. With calls growing for Perez Molina to resign, and signs that the Supreme Court […]

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