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Protesters block Guatemalan Congress as lawmakers set to deliberate president's fate

  • A protestor shows off his marked hand, the "105 votes" in reference to the votes necessary for lawmakers to remove Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina’s immunity from prosecution, as citizens gathered outside the Congress building, in Guatemala City, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. The congressional process against Perez Molina is akin to impeachment and could lead to criminal charges. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    A protestor shows off his marked hand, the "105 votes" in reference to the votes necessary for lawmakers to remove Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina’s immunity from prosecution, as citizens gathered outside the Congress building, in Guatemala City, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. The congressional process against Perez Molina is akin to impeachment and could lead to criminal charges. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Congressman Roberto Alejos, center, arrives for a congressional session in which lawmakers will decide on whether to remove Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina’s immunity from prosecution, in Guatemala City, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. The congressional process against Perez Molina is akin to impeachment and could lead to criminal charges. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    Congressman Roberto Alejos, center, arrives for a congressional session in which lawmakers will decide on whether to remove Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina’s immunity from prosecution, in Guatemala City, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. The congressional process against Perez Molina is akin to impeachment and could lead to criminal charges. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)  (The Associated Press)

  • A protestor raises his marked hand, the "105 votes" in reference to the votes necessary for lawmakers to remove Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina’s immunity from prosecution, as citizens gathered outside the Congress building, in Guatemala City, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. The congressional process against Perez Molina is akin to impeachment and could lead to criminal charges. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    A protestor raises his marked hand, the "105 votes" in reference to the votes necessary for lawmakers to remove Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina’s immunity from prosecution, as citizens gathered outside the Congress building, in Guatemala City, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. The congressional process against Perez Molina is akin to impeachment and could lead to criminal charges. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)  (The Associated Press)

Protesters backing Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina are blocking access to Congress where lawmakers are scheduled to consider a move to withdraw his immunity from prosecution in a widening corruption scandal.

A number of other people have formed a human chain to try to help legislators enter the building in the Central American nation's capital.

Prosecutors were seeking an order Tuesday for police to remove the demonstrators so deliberations could begin.

The congressional process against Perez Molina is akin to impeachment and could lead to criminal charges.

A commission of lawmakers already has recommended Perez Molina's immunity of office be withdrawn. Now the issue is before the full Congress.