By clicking on the "Accept & Close" button, you provide your explicit consent to the processing of your data to achieve the above goal.
Thousands of Guatemalans took part in protests on Saturday, demanding the resignation of President Otto Perez and the country's top tax officials, following the earlier resignation of hiss vice-president due to a corruption scandal, which was first reported last month.
Demonstrators gathered on the streets of Guatemala City and other cities across the country, which has a population of around 15 million.
Reports of the number of demonstrators ranged from 30,000 to 60,000; protesters responded to a call from organizers of the 'Citizens' Movement Against Corruption in Guatemala,' an umbrella group of more than 20 organizations which was established on Friday with the aim of fighting corruption in the country.
"Our decision to establish the Citizens' Movement Against Corruption, a permanent instrument both institutionally and long-term, will have the sole purpose of taking concrete steps to combat corruption and achieve the ethical management of resources in Guatemala," the organization announced in a statement released on Friday, ahead of Saturday's protests.
On May 8 Guatemalan Vice-President Roxana Baldetti resigned after public prosecutors revealed a customs fraud and bribery ring operating in the country's federal tax agency, following an investigation by the UN's international Commission against Impunity in Guatemala.
An aerial view shows protesters at a demonstration demanding the resignation of Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, in downtown Guatemala City, May 16, 2015
The bribery scheme was first uncovered by prosecutors on April 16, and protestors first gathered in front of the National Palace of Culture on April 25 to demand Baldetti's resignation, after police revealed that Baldetti's personal secretary would be the main suspect in the investigation.
In addition to Baldetti and her aide, at least 50 people, including public servants, have been implicated in the scheme, including the country's top current and former tax officials.
The fact of registration and authorization of users on Sputnik websites via users’ account or accounts on social networks indicates acceptance of these rules.
Users are obliged abide by national and international laws. Users are obliged to speak respectfully to the other participants in the discussion, readers and individuals referenced in the posts.
The websites’ administration has the right to delete comments made in languages other than the language of the majority of the websites’ content.
In all language versions of the sputniknews.com websites any comments posted can be edited.
A user comment will be deleted if it:
does not correspond with the subject of the post;
promotes hatred and discrimination on racial, ethnic, sexual, religious or social basis or violates the rights of minorities;
violates the rights of minors, causing them harm in any form, including moral damage;
contains ideas of extremist nature or calls for other illegal activities;
contains insults, threats to other users, individuals or specific organizations, denigrates dignity or undermines business reputations;
contains insults or messages expressing disrespect to Sputnik;
violates privacy, distributes personal data of third parties without their consent or violates privacy of correspondence;
describes or references scenes of violence, cruelty to animals;
contains information about methods of suicide, incites to commit suicide;
pursues commercial objectives, contains improper advertising, unlawful political advertisement or links to other online resources containing such information;
promotes products or services of third parties without proper authorization;
contains offensive language or profanity and its derivatives, as well as hints of the use of lexical items falling within this definition;
contains spam, advertises spamming, mass mailing services and promotes get-rich-quick schemes;
promotes the use of narcotic / psychotropic substances, provides information on their production and use;
contains links to viruses and malicious software;
is part of an organized action involving large volumes of comments with identical or similar content ("flash mob");
“floods” the discussion thread with a large number of incoherent or irrelevant messages;
violates etiquette, exhibiting any form of aggressive, humiliating or abusive behavior ("trolling");
doesn’t follow standard rules of the English language, for example, is typed fully or mostly in capital letters or isn’t broken down into sentences.
The administration has the right to block a user’s access to the page or delete a user’s account without notice if the user is in violation of these rules or if behavior indicating said violation is detected.