Flower march in defense of democracy in Guatemala photo

Flower march in defense of democracy in Guatemala (+photo)

The name of the demonstration came from the dark and gray context in which criminal structures do not want to let go of power, expressed in the appeal by Alida Vicente, from the Office of the Indigenous Mayor of Palín, Escuintla department.

“We think it’s important to say that as a country we need to rejuvenate and flourish in the sense that there is a need to rebuild a new nation,” he added.

Flower march in defense of democracy in Guatemala photo

Small mobilizations are no longer enough, a massive mobilization is required, with clear objectives, not partisan, but in defense of the common good, the organizers emphasized.

At 09:00 local time, the walk begins at Human Rights Plaza in front of the Supreme Court, passes through the Constitutional Court, Constitution Square and the President’s House, and ends at Parliament Headquarters.

“This place demands a symbol of corruption, the cessation of court interference and respect for the popular vote in the electoral process,” proponents told the press.

They called on all sections of the population, from the various cities, towns, communities, workers and farmers, smallholders and secondary school students to recognize the seriousness of the situation.

They urged to hear the need for a single call for justice over the harassment of the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) and the recent criminalization and prosecution of its officials.

The Peasants’ Committee of the Altiplano, the Office of the Indigenous Mayor of Palín Escuintla, students from the University of San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC) and unions will lead the march.

Forces from the House of Representatives and the National Civil Police raided the headquarters of the Semilla Movement Party last Friday morning, a day after they carried out the same action in the TSE Citizens Registry.

Despite the Criminal Court’s decision to support the process, the Special Prosecutor’s Office Against Impunity and the Seventh Criminal Court continued to try to exclude the second group of voters from the contest.

A number of local and international organizations stress the importance of safeguarding the official realization of the will of the people expressed in the elections and the holding of the second round of elections on August 20th. Amid a possible electoral coup and incessant harassment, Bernardo Arévalo, representing Semilla, continues his electoral campaign by presenting his government proposals.

In less than a month, he faces former first lady Sandra Torres of the National Unity of Hope in the presidential election, who also does tours to convince voters.