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05 Jul 2019 | 12:23 PM UTC

Guatemala: Nationwide protests reported ahead of August 11 presidential runoff

Guatemala News Alert

Election-related protests reported across the country ahead of a contested presidential runoff on August 11; avoid all protests

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/5/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/5/2019, 11:59 PM (America/La_Paz). COUNTRY/REGION Guatemala

Event

Sporadic protests have been reported throughout Guatemala following a contentious presidential election held on June 16, with accusations of fraud and other irregularities. Protests are expected to continue over the comings weeks in the main urban centers, including the capital Guatemala City, and are scheduled with little notice, at times producing road blockades, transportation disruptions, and business closures. 

Since the first round of elections, the government has commenced a recount to confirm which candidates will head to the August 11 presidential runoff. More protests may take place as developments emerge related to the recount. A heightened security presence along with localized traffic disruptions are to be expected in the vicinity of any demonstration sites.

Advice

Individuals in Guatemala are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests as a precaution, and obey instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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