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  • Guatemala's US-backed president faces prison

    Guatemala's US-backed president faces prison

    Guatemala is a place where justice seldom reaches those who deserve it most. But today in Guatemala, something amazing has happened. And they're calling it “Guatemalan Spring.”

    A popular movement led by indigenous and working class people brought justice to the office of the president himself, a man who belongs in prison for self-dealing, and for his part in the mass murders of entire villages full of innocents in the 1980s.

    “Justice can reach anybody” who breaks the law, Guatemalan Attorney General Thelma Aldana said yesterday, speaking to reporters in her office after Congress voted to strip President Otto Pérez Molina of his immunity from prosecution over corruption charges.

    “It is very painful, very worrying that a president in office should be submitted to a criminal trial,” she added.

    A popular movement led by indigenous and working class people brought justice to the office of the president himself, a man who belongs in prison for self-dealing, and for his part in the mass murders of entire villages full of innocents in the 1980s.

    “Justice can reach anybody” who breaks the law, Guatemalan Attorney General Thelma Aldana said yesterday, speaking to reporters in her office after Congress voted to strip President Otto Pérez Molina of his immunity from prosecution over corruption charges.

    “It is very painful, very worrying that a president in office should be submitted to a criminal trial,” she added.

    A popular movement led by indigenous and working class people brought justice to the office of the president himself, a man who belongs in prison for self-dealing, and for his part in the mass murders of entire villages full of innocents in the 1980s.

    “Justice can reach anybody” who breaks the law, Guatemalan Attorney General Thelma Aldana said yesterday, speaking to reporters in her office after Congress voted to strip President Otto Pérez Molina of his immunity from prosecution over corruption charges.

    “It is very painful, very worrying that a president in office should be submitted to a criminal trial,” she added.

    A popular movement led by indigenous and working class people brought justice to the office of the president himself, a man who belongs in prison for self-dealing, and for his part in the mass murders of entire villages full of innocents in the 1980s.

    “Justice can reach anybody” who breaks the law, Guatemalan Attorney General Thelma Aldana said yesterday, speaking to reporters in her office after Congress voted to strip President Otto Pérez Molina of his immunity from prosecution over corruption charges.

    “It is very painful, very worrying that a president in office should be submitted to a criminal trial,” she added.

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