Guatemalan farmers protest US immigration deal, election

GUATEMALA CITY — Thousands of Guatemalan farmers are blocking roads throughout the country to protest recent election results and an immigration deal with the United States.

Rural leaders from the Farmer Development Committee protested Tuesday in the capital and said they want the government of President Jimmy Morales removed from power.

Former presidential candidate Thelma Cabrera is backed by the committee and said people want Morales out after he signed the deal that would force many asylum seekers to file claims in Guatemala instead of the U.S.

She said: "We don't want foreign intervention or the agreement that Jimmy Morales signed behind the peoples' backs."

Cabrera finished fourth in recent elections. Former first lady Sandra Torres and Dr. Alejandro Giammattei, the top vote-getters, will compete this Sunday in a runoff vote.

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