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Guatemala: President Molina's supporters block congress as politicians vote for his removal01:18

Guatemala: President Molina's supporters block congress as politicians vote for his removal

Guatemala, Guatemala City
September 2, 2015 at 09:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

A group of protesters supporting Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, blocked the Legislative Palace's main entrances, in Guatemala City, Tuesday, as politicians head to parliament to vote on whether Molina should be stripped of his immunity.

Molina is currently being investigated on charges of corruption, and has been accused of running a customs scam network in which his administration allegedly received bribes in exchange for lowering taxes for companies importing products into the country. His supporters protested outside parliament, blocking several entrances, urging politicians not to strip him of his immunity.

Congress employees and members were not able to go inside the building and had to wait outside while police observed the situation. As the morning continued, a group of anti-Molina citizens summoned by social media appeared in front of the Congress building and escortded congressmen to the entrance while convincing the Congressmen arriving at the Legislative Palace to hold the voting session.

Tensions heightened as politicians arrived and tried to gain access to the building, while both groups tried to either block the entrances or let them through.

Guatemala: President Molina's supporters block congress as politicians vote for his removal01:18
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A group of protesters supporting Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, blocked the Legislative Palace's main entrances, in Guatemala City, Tuesday, as politicians head to parliament to vote on whether Molina should be stripped of his immunity.

Molina is currently being investigated on charges of corruption, and has been accused of running a customs scam network in which his administration allegedly received bribes in exchange for lowering taxes for companies importing products into the country. His supporters protested outside parliament, blocking several entrances, urging politicians not to strip him of his immunity.

Congress employees and members were not able to go inside the building and had to wait outside while police observed the situation. As the morning continued, a group of anti-Molina citizens summoned by social media appeared in front of the Congress building and escortded congressmen to the entrance while convincing the Congressmen arriving at the Legislative Palace to hold the voting session.

Tensions heightened as politicians arrived and tried to gain access to the building, while both groups tried to either block the entrances or let them through.

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