Saturday, September 5, 2015

Politics as Usual

Things are getting crazier by the minute as election day gets here tomorrow.  This year has been full of grassroots activity generating a nationwide call to expose corruption in government.  After endless strikes, road blocks, and manifestations, Guatemala managed to  make the Vice President and even the President step down and face charges of taking bribes in a customs fraud scandal.

Downtown during the nationwide strike last week that led to the resignation of President Otto Perez Molina this week.

All of this is taking place while twelve different political parties campaign for their candidates for president, congressmen and mayors.
These are just the presidential candidates!

Word on the street is that the people are pretty disgusted with all politicians right now and aren't excited about any of the choices on the ballot.  Despite the lack of interest, the politicians have managed to drum up the appearance of support by funding large rowdy caravans and rallies and obnoxious political songs and adds blaring on the loud speakers attached to cars roaming the streets. We even saw a boat parade on Lake Atitlan last week!

Nothing's sacred when it comes to political posters. Lightposts, cliffsides, guardrails, even roadside death memorials are fair game around here.

Two party boats rented for at least a couple of hundred people who filled the docks and marched through town in several lake side towns. 
 It will be so good when this place gets back to normal. Should be interesting tomorrow--be praying for peaceful turnouts.

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