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Guatemala Protests President’s Effort to Shut Down U.N.-Backed Anti-Corruption Probe

HeadlineSep 13, 2018
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In Guatemala, the government deployed thousands of police and soldiers to the streets of Guatemala City Wednesday amid growing mass protests against efforts by Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales to shut down the United Nations-backed anti-corruption commission investigating high-level politicians and elites. President Morales has defied Guatemala’s highest constitutional court by barring the head of the commission, Iván Velásquez Gómez, from entering Guatemala. The commission had been investigating Morales for illegal campaign financing. The commission’s investigations also helped oust Morales’s predecessor, former President Otto Pérez Molina, in 2015.

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