Death to Corruption!
Guatemala Stands Up
The huge demos against president Otto Perez of Guatemala continue after an ongoing corruption scandal brought down the Vvice president, the minister of energy, and the head of the tax collection agency. Vice President Baldetti was the head of a group known as La Linea who devised an embezzlement scheme that siphoned millions of dollars from the country's coffers into their pockets and their friends' pockets.
The UN mandated anti-impunity commission known as CICIG released information of the scheme without revealing who the players were publicly. Less than a week after the report was published, civil society and the media connected the dots as to who the culprits were. Among the luminaries indicted by the CICIG was Baldetti's personal secretary, the president of the Central Bank, the public health minister, the better half of Perez Molina's inner circle, a litany of judges, military brass as well as state attorneys.
With the resignation of the VP, people from around Guatemala marched on the city demanding the embattled president step down. What follows are the faces of a city who stood up.