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Protesters torch Guatemala’s Congress building amid unrest

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Hundreds of protesters have broken into Guatemala’s Congress and burned part of the building amid growing demonstrations against President Alejandro Giammattei and the legislature for approving a controversial budget that cut educational and health spending. Saturday’s incident came as about 10,000 people were protesting in front of the National Palace in Guatemala City against corruption and the budget, which protesters say was negotiated and passed by legislators in secret while the country was distracted by the fallout of back-to-back hurricanes and the COVID-19 pandemic. About 1,000 protesters were demonstrating outside the Congress building. Video on social media showed flames shooting out a window in the legislative building.

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