Unfinished Revolutions and the Politics of Postponement in Guatemala

Age of Revolutions

This post is a part of our “Latin America’s Ongoing Revolutions” series, which explores the colonial and post-colonial angles of Latin America’s revolutionary history. Check out the entire series.

By Julie Gibbings

On August 27, 2015, one hundred thousand people filled the plaza in front of Guatemala’s National Palace under the banner of #RenunciaYa (Resign Now). After months of protesting, the Congress had voted 132-0 to strip President Otto Pérez Molina of his immunity from prosecution. In joyous celebration, local newspapers and social media feeds filled with images of a people who had succeeded in the pursuit of justice against corrupted government officials.

An aerial shot of protests at Guatemala’s Presidential Palace on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Thousands of Guatemalans demanded President Otto Pérez Molina resign.

Across social media, protestors also circulated images juxtaposing the National Plaza in 2015 with the National Plaza some 71 years earlier…

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