For those looking for rivers, reef diving, and rainforests, Guatemala in Central America is a great choice.
The reputation of Guatemala as a democratic nation that welcomes foreign trade.
But there is talk of political turmoil in Guatemala.
Jose Ruben Zamora, a journalist from Guatemala, was recently imprisoned by the government of that nation.
An outspoken opponent of the Guatemalan administration and the publisher of the award-winning weekly El Periodico, Zamora was detained by police following a raid on his office on suspicion of possible money laundering, according to local media.
At the moment of his arrest, Zamora told reporters: ” There must be a conspiracy, persecution. If that’s the case, we must pay for the love of Guatemala with jail time,” according to the New York Times.
Reported by Republic World
“The arrest of Zamora is the latest move by Guatemalan authorities to crush political dissent and attempts to expose graft and corruption in the government of President Giammattei. This comes as Guatemala continues to remain a hotbed of human rights violations. Last month, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights enlisted Guatemala in the category of serious human rights violations, an accusation that president Giammattei rejects.”
Giammattei, a former administrator of the Guatemalan prison system and election organizer, won the 2019 presidential election.
In his political speeches, he has promised to “crush violent gangs, fight poverty to stop migration, and end ‘disgusting’ corruption.”
The preside is nt “against same-sex marriage and abortion, and supports using the military for civilian security.”
“The friends of Israel are the friends of Guatemala, and the enemies of Israel are our enemies,” he said during a visit to Israel in 2019.
Also in 2019, he referred to the Venezuelan government as a “dictatorship” and declared his intention to follow Jimmy Morales’ diplomatic stance toward Venezuela, with which Guatemala has broken diplomatic ties.
In more recent news, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei just returned from a trip to Ukraine, where he expressed support for that country’s citizens as they fight Russia.
In the previous 12 years, a President from a Latin American country has not visited Ukraine before.
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On the visit, the Guatemalan President signed a visa-free travel agreement with Ukraine.
Returning from his international visit, the president was traveling his country
The president was traveling through the northwestern state of Huehuetenango in a village named La Laguna near the Mexican border.