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Guatemalans set fire to Congress in furious protest against government

Violence has broken out in Guatemala, as hundreds broke into Congress and set fire to the building amid huge protests in the capital.

The incident came as about 7,000 people were demonstrating in front of the National Palace in Guatemala City against the new budget which cuts educational and health spending.

According to media reports, security agents fired tear gas at protesters and there were people injured.

President Alejandro Giammattei and his government recently approved a budget that cut educational and health spending.

Protestors say the budget was passed in secret while the Central American country battled the Covid-19 pandemic and the crippling aftermath of back-to-back hurricanes.

Protests have grown amid rising fury over President Alejandro Giammatte and his government’s new 2021 budget, which protesters say is corrupt.

People in the country were angered because the budget had approved $65,000 to pay for meals for themselves, but slashed funding for human rights agencies and Covid-19 patients.

The vice-president, Guillermo Castillo, has offered to resign, but Giammattei had not responded publicly to the protests.

The Roman Catholic Church leadership in Guatemala also called on Giammattei to veto the budget Friday.

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