Closely followed the political situation in Guatemala. In fact, it announced sanctions against actors who “undermine democracy.”
The Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of the United States in Guatemala, Patrick Ventrell, spoke to the media in Plaza Pública and announced a broader position on what the United States has to do with the country.
What is clear in the United States is that if the democratic situation does not improve, then there is CONSEQUENCES in business relations.
One of the concerns of the North American country is the cases that have recently been revealed by the Public Ministry, they assure that these are initiated cases that only seek to undermine democracy. “It cannot cause damage to democracy without consequences for these people, for their families, and for commercial relations between the two countries,” Ventrell told Plaza Pública.
He assured that if the actions against democracy continue, the penalties, because it is not possible to try to put any person other than those elected to the presidency. If so, the consequences for Guatemala would be to undermine commercial relations and even to separate from them.
Who are the antidemocratic actors?
Ventrell assures that the law prevents the disclosure of the names of the people who are sanctioned, but he assures that there are many sectors, where congressmen, prosecutors, businessmen and other people with undemocratic actions.
Regarding what will happen if the cases progress and Bernardo Arévalo is not allowed to assume the presidency, the chargé d’affaires of the United States said that this week’s actions “are completely provocative and also dangerous for democracy.”
In addition, he revealed that the United States is concerned because there are people who are using tools to limit the possibility of the elected president taking office.
“That is the intention of some of them and they have made it clear that we are asking all sectors of the country to stay on the good side of history,” he added.
Finally, he expanded on the economic consequences for Guatemala of continuing the same route.
“If Guatemala begins to live in a non-democratic country or society, there will be consequences for commercial relations, of course. This is the moment where people must think: Do they want to live in a democratic society, in a democratic country? And yes, I believe most say yes, but some who say yes but their actions show that is not what they want.