Guatemala: #RenunciaYa!

Image Credit: Prensa Comunitaria 

Image Credit: Prensa Comunitaria 

Guatemala mobilized on a mass scale in September 2015 in tandem with an ongoing case by an international commission investigating corruption, known by its acronym CIGIG. It resulted in the resignation and arrest of President Otto Perez Molina, also accused of war crimes and human rights violations, and his vice-president. Currently, the arrests of corrupt officials continue, as do the protests, though on a smaller scale and over different issues. The major demonstrations from 2015 emboldened civil society and strengthened their resolve to continue to use nonviolent tactics. 

 

Further Reading:

Guatemala arrests 3 ex-cabinet ministers, hunts for 2 more. Daily Mail. 11 June 2016.
Coverage of the continuing effects of the protests and corruption trials. 

March for Water: Thousands Protest Corporate Greed in Guatemala. TeleSur. 23 April 2016.
News of the next form that the protests took after the RenunciaYa! campaign. 

Next Test for Guatemala's Protest Movement: Improving Citizens' Lives. The New York Times. 15 September 2015.
Article on the awakening political consciousness of citizens and the challenges faced. 

The Rise and Fall of Guatemala's Most Feared General. Foreign Policy in Focus. 22 September 2015. 
Background on the Guatemala's president and the controversy surrounding him.