GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A whole bunch of protesters broke into Guatemala’s Congress and burned a part of the constructing Saturday amid rising demonstrations towards President Alejandro Giammattei and the legislature for approving a funds that lower instructional and well being spending.

The protest got here as about 7,000 individuals have been demonstrating in entrance of the Nationwide Palace in Guatemala Metropolis towards the funds, which protesters say was negotiated and handed by legislators in secret whereas the Central American nation was distracted by the fallout of back-to-back hurricanes and the COVID-19 pandemic. Vice President Guillermo Castillo has supplied to resign.

Video on social media confirmed flames taking pictures out a window within the legislative constructing. In response to media reviews, safety brokers fired tear gasoline at protestors and there have been individuals injured.

Giammattei had not responded publicly to the protests.

Discontent had been constructing over the brand new 2021 funds on social media and clashed erupted throughout demonstrations on Friday. A bigger protest march was known as on Saturday.