LIMA ( Associated Press) – A leading Peruvian human rights organization said Thursday that President Dina Boluaarte’s government has been “brutal” in its response to protests calling for her and members of parliament to resign, a report said Thursday. country, in the present century”.
In a press conference, researcher Mar Pérez of the National Human Rights Coordinator indicated that “in the history of democracy in Peru we have not experienced the levels of repression we are experiencing at this time.” Peru returned to democracy in 2000 at the end of the heavy-handed government of Alberto Fujimori (1990–2000).
Fifty-six people have been killed in protests that began on December 7 after Bolluarte was sworn in as president after parliament ousted then-president Pedro Castillo.
Of these, 46 civilians have been killed as a result of the “use of force” employed by the police and military. Another 9 civilians were killed in the context of the blockade. In addition, a policeman was found dead in a burnt patrol car.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights last week urged the Peruvian authorities to conduct an impartial and timely investigation of the use of weapons by public forces in the context of the protests, noting the results of autopsies carried out on protesters, who suffered gunshot wounds. were killed by Wounds on body and chest.
President Boluaarte on Tuesday confirmed law enforcement action during the protests and called for “a cease-fire” to allow protesters to talk about social needs.