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The US bans 300 Guatemalans from entering the country, including 100 deputies

U.S announced this Monday that it banned 300 people from entering the country Guatemalansincluding 100 members of Congress, for “undermining democracy” in the Central American country.

State Department Spokesperson Matthew Millerhe condemned in a statement “anti-democratic actions” of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Guatemala against the country’s elected president, Bernardo Arévalo de León.

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Miller gave as an example the arrest warrants against election workersthe request to withdraw Arévalo’s judicial immunity and the attempts to annul the electoral results.

According to the Administration Joe BidenAll these actions demonstrate the “clear intention to delegitimize” elections and “prevent” Arévalo’s inauguration in January, and represent a violation of the Inter-American Democratic Charter.

The visa restriction for 300 Guatemalans looking for “promote the accountability of corrupt and undemocratic actors in Guatemala and support the will of the Guatemalan people“He explained Miller.

The State Department did not detail the identities of any of the 300 sanctioned, including the 100 deputies. The Guatemalan Congress is made up of 160 legislators.

He Guatemalan people has spoken. Their voices must be respected”, stressed the spokesperson.

The US was sanctioned on December 1st for corruption Luis Miguel Martinez Moralesa very close associate of Guatemala’s outgoing president, Alejandro Giammattei.

The Public Ministry of the Central American country, whose leadership is also sanctioned by the USA, was accused of trying to prevent the success of progressive politician Arévalo de León, winner of the elections, next January. Giammattei as the new president of Guatemala.

Source: Elcomercio

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