October 3, 2017
Protests Erupt Against Corruption – Guatemala
The capital city of Guatemala and some other departments of the country saw another day of protests by hundreds of people, maintaining the Saturday tradition of protesting against corruption, which in the marchers’ opinion, reigns in the Congress and in government. Protesters shouted slogans and sang against lawmakers and President Jimmy Morales, but also set up dialogue groups and collected signatures to move from protest to proposal and to demand resignations. People with whistles, posters and banners gathered in Constitution Square in the capital urging officials to quit and expressed their discontent over the political crisis that has been going on in the country for a month. The anti-corruption organization Justicia Ya, that emerged out of protests which prompted the fall of the government led by Otto Perez Molina – currently in preventive detention for several cases of corruption – in 2015, distributed papers and markers, and asked the protesters, by groups, to express their ideas and answer questions to consolidate their demands in groups.
U.S. Travel Warning Sends Chill Across Cuban Tourism Industry – Cuba and The United States
Businesses catering to U.S. tourists visiting Cuba have had a rude awakening in the last few months after enjoying a 2-1/2-year boom. First, U.S. President Donald Trump in June ordered tighter restrictions on travel to the Caribbean island. Then the U.S. State Department warned on Friday against going there after a spate of alleged attacks on its diplomats in Havana, stating until the cause was determined, it could not guarantee Americans’ safety. The new regulations have not yet been published, and the warning does not mean Americans cannot travel to Cuba. Still, the moves relegate the island back to the realm of “forbidden fruit” to be enjoyed at one’s peril. “Just as the re-establishment of Cuba-U.S. relations was a positive influence, now this will be very negative,” said Jose Enrique Montoto, who rents an apartment, often to American guests, through the online marketplace Airbnb. “They are creating a mood of insecurity for those who want to travel to Cuba.” Montoto, 57, said three U.S. citizens who were set to arrive in Havana on Saturday had canceled their reservation with him at the last minute without an explanation. He worried that more would do the same. To be sure, less than 10 percent of foreign visitors to the island are Americans, even though the number of those travelers tripled to 285,000 last year due to new exemptions to the travel ban in the wake of the 2014 U.S.-Cuban historic detente under former U.S. President Barack Obama. According to Cuban government statistics, that would place local revenues from Americans’ sojourns at about $300 million.
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