Guatemala City, by Yuliza Muñoz -AGN-. President Alejandro Giammattei spoke of the impact of the roadblocks on the country’s main highways on the tourism sector. During a national broadcast, the president explained that this economic sector suffers damage and mainly affects MSMEs.
The tourism sector is facing a severe impact, and micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises are the most affected.
In his address, he emphasized the different acts of vandalism against businesses, business owners, and individuals, saying that this is not the way to solve the problem. Furthermore, it only causes everything to get out of control and chaos.
President Giammattei urged Guatemalans to reconsider and find a path that allows them to share their concerns peacefully and respectfully, prioritizing society’s well-being.
President Giammattei also underscored his concerns regarding the material losses caused by the roadblocks. These blockades represent a severe blow to the country’s economy due to the millions of dollars in losses affecting the most vulnerable.
He said it is unfortunate that after a week of protests, shortages of essential products and services have begun nationwide. These events have consequences, as the population is the most affected. It also harms the country’s economy, making the Guatemalan people’s finances more difficult.
President Giammattei also commented that tons of fruits and vegetables in Cantel were discarded, harming the small farmers and traders who support their families daily with their profits.
The Government of Guatemala highlighted its commitment to the population to ensure their rights, protection, security, and above all public safety.