In the spotlight: in Guatemala, the president rejects the law toughening the repression of abortion

Women demonstrate on International Women's Day, in central Guatemala, as parliament has just passed a law that criminalizes abortion and prevents same-sex marriage, March 8, 2022. © AP / Oliver de Ros

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Yesterday, the demonstrations had continued in front of the Parliament, reports 

El Periódico

, against the law voted this Tuesday.

This law represents " 

a" serious threat "against women, girls and LGBTQI +

 ", said in the


the director of Amnesty International for the Americas.

The text, recalls

Prensa Libre

, " 

increases prison sentences for abortion and seeks to combat 'minority groups incompatible with Christian morality'


A “ 

misogynist and homophobic

 ” law, the newspaper believes in its



Just yesterday, President Alejandro Giamattei insisted on the fact that “ 

there is no right to abortion

 ”, reports 

Prensa Libre


But a few hours later, he affirmed on television, in a recorded message, that he had asked that the famous law be " 

set aside

 ", explaining that the executive " 

could not agree with it

 ", because it “ 

violates the Constitution

 ” and “ 

international conventions to which Guatemala is a signatory


The president of the Congress, reports

Prensa Libre

, indicated that the law would be studied again, to verify if it is indeed unconstitutional.

In Mexico, the government calls members of the European Parliament "



An " unusual

" tone 



, " 


 ", considers

El Universal

, " 

one would think that the web page of the government of the Republic has been hacked

 ", exclaims


, which speaks of a text " 

poorly written and saturated with colloquial language


So why is the Mexican government calling MEPs “ 




recalls that " 

the European deputies voted for a resolution denouncing the passivity of the Mexican government in the face of the assassination of journalists in Mexico

 “, seven since the beginning of the year.

And it is this resolution that has angered the Mexican government, which in a press release accuses European parliamentarians of " 

following like sheep a reactionary and putschist strategy of the corrupt group

 " which " 


 " the government.

A press release reproduced in full in

El Universal

, which chose this excerpt for its title: " 

Remember that we are no one's colony



is also interested in this allusion to the conflict in Ukraine: “ 

We are not sending arms to any country, unlike you who are doing it at the moment


Fury therefore of the Mexican government.

However, Crónica


, before being voted on, the text of the European Parliament was more severe.

Critics who have therefore disappeared, but obviously that was not enough, concludes the newspaper.

In Argentina, the Parliament votes the agreement concluded with the IMF

This is, recalls

La Nacion

, " 

to authorize the executive power to refinance the debt of 44.5

billion dollars contracted in 2018 with the International Monetary Fund

 " while President Mauricio Macri was in power.

The text was approved " 

by a large majority

 ", writes 


 : 204 votes for, 37 against and 11 abstentions, after a debate of 13 hours anyway... " 

On a low heat

 ", quips 

Página 12

, with the photo of a saucepan.

A red pan, perhaps because, as

the newspaper

specifies , the left and the libertarians spoke out against the agreement.

The vote was made possible, notes

La Nacion

, because " 

the majority and the opposition put aside for the first time their differences


The reason, according to

Página 12

 : to ingratiate itself with the opposition, the government drafted " 

a brief and impoverished text


which gives the executive an overall authorization and suppresses all the details agreed with the IMF


In short, for the newspaper, this vote is " 

a lesser evil before a possible rejection of the project


The text must now pass before the Senate, recalls

La Voz

, which believes that " 

beyond the agreement with the International Monetary Fund on the foreign debt, we must reach a consensus to put in place common growth policies for the country


Demonstrations outside the Panamanian embassy in Havana


More than a hundred Cubans, some of them desperate and in tears, were still stationed this Thursday in front of the Panama consulate to find a solution that would allow them to travel to the Latin American country

 ,” writes

El Nuevo Herald

, which notes the presence of a cordon of police for " 

a type of demonstration that is unusual on the island


Explanation of

14 y medio

 : “ 

Since November, Nicaragua has become the main destination for those who want to emigrate, since it does not require visas from Cubans


Cubans who go there through Panama, which now requires transit visas for Cubans.


It is the second country in the region to do so after Costa Rica


El Nuevo Herald


The news “ 

had the effect of a bucket of cold water

 ” for those who wanted to leave, explains 14 y medio, hence this demonstration.


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