Weekly Report - 19 August 2021 (WR-21-33)

GUATEMALA: Giammattei compelled to act amid Covid surge

Guatemala’s President Alejandro Giammattei has announced a 30-day state of calamity amid a new surge in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases, attributed to the more infectious Delta variant. Medical associations had been urging his government to act as Guatemala continues to register new records for daily infections. However, the move, which suspends civil liberties, comes as protesters continue to call for Giammattei’s resignation, as well as that of the attorney general, Consuelo Porras. While the calls were sparked by the dismissal of Juan Francisco Sandoval, the head of the attorney general’s special anti-corruption unit (Feci) [WR-21-30], the government’s pandemic response and alleged irregularities surrounding the vaccine rollout have also been a major complaint of protesters.

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