May 18, 2009 |
Thousands of Guatemalans gathered for a march to the National Palace to demand that the president resign over accusations that he ordered a lawyer killed, a scandal threatening the rule of the country's first leftist leader in more than 50 years. President Alvaro Colom denies the allegations of Rodrigo Rosenberg, which were broadcast posthumously after the attorney was shot to death last week. He has dismissed calls for his resignation and asked the FBI and a U.N. panel to investigate the killing.
March 8, 1989
About 500,000 teachers, demanding a 100% salary increase and democratic reform in Mexico's pro-government teachers' union, staged a one-day strike in Mexico City and at least 14 states, union leaders said. The strike, the third stoppage in the last month, left millions of Mexican students without classes and snarled traffic in the capital as thousands of teachers converged on the National Palace.
December 19, 2001 |
Police searched for coup conspirators Tuesday as some opposition leaders claimed that what President Jean-Bertrand Aristide called a failed coup was really staged as a pretext to crush dissent. The attack Monday touched off widespread protests and violence by Aristide supporters, who blamed the opposition for the incident at the National Palace. "The so-called coup d'etat was a masquerade," opposition leader Evans Paul said.
June 2, 1993 |
President Jorge Serrano was forced from office Tuesday under intense pressure from military commanders and civilian business leaders, one week after he suspended democratic rule and dissolved government institutions. Ending an explosive political crisis that had isolated Guatemala and spawned a furor here and abroad, the army ousted Serrano and said it was turning the government over to civilian leaders.
February 26, 1986 |
Even before the four U.S. Air Force helicopters had lifted off from the parade ground of the palace with their reluctant cargo--a powerless president and his party--the swelling crowd had unfurled a banner: "Occupy the People's Palace." The occupation was inevitable. Nothing less than standing on the grounds of the sprawling Malacanang Palace would satisfy these people.
December 17, 1985 |
The scene inside the National Palace is about what you would expect of a Third World dictatorship. It resembles an armed fort, crawling with soldiers, the courtyard full of newly arrived crates of submachine guns, Uzis from Israel. Offices are decorated with the most expensive Haitian art, waiting rooms are opulent concoctions of white-on-white, full of priceless antiques and luxurious sofas adorned with dozens of perfectly matched African elephant tusks.