Guatemalan Loses Visa after Condemning US Meddling

US Officials Fulfill Reputation for Vindictiveness, Foment Self-Censorship

Guatemalan loses visa after condemning US meddling. If Semilla goes unpunished, it could lead to similar situations in future elections.

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Carlos Torrebiarte—a director with the Association for the Defense of Private Property and a Nuestro Diario weekly columnist—explains how the US Embassy in Guatemala revoked his and his wife’s US travel visa. He contends that the embassy did this to spite him for speaking up against “the policies that the United States wants to impose in Guatemala.”

For Torrebiarte, the Prosecutor General’s Office must continue its investigation of the Semilla party’s fraudulent registration. He explains that if Semilla goes unpunished, it could lead to similar situations in future elections.

Torrebiarte contends that US officials should not meddle in Guatemala’s internal affairs, especially in a dishonest way that reduces electoral integrity. He adds that the majority of citizens do not trust the electoral system and that this undermines democracy and the rule of law. Further, Torrebiarte claims citizens self-censor because they are afraid to speak up against US actions in Guatemala.

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Fergus Hodgson

Publisher: Fergus Hodgson is the director of Econ Americas, a financial and economic consultancy. He holds an MBA in finance from Rice University and bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science from Boston University and the University of Waikato. He was the founding editor in chief of the PanAm Post. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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