Thursday, February 2, 2023

Lima, center of protests against the Peruvian government

LIMA ( Associated Press) – Protests demanding the resignation of Peru’s President Dina Boluarte and parliament began taking aim at the desert capital on Wednesday, the day of its 488th anniversary, with vehicles arriving from various regions of the Andes. Fifty people have been killed in more than a month during the days of demonstrations.

Hundreds of protesters stayed inside the National University of San Marcos in Lima, and announced that on Thursday they would take part in a “cuatro suyos” march, referring to the four regions that made up the Inca Empire until the 16th century, and another mobilization. The same name originated in 2000 when thousands of Peruvians protested to topple the government of then-president Alberto Fujimori (1990–2000), who resigned months later.

A protester from the Andes told an Associated Press cameraman, “Every day they are getting more united and all the provinces are forming a force to get rid of a criminal who is putting the lives of our brothers in danger.” ” Give your name out of fear.

Protesters outside the university were seen cooking communal dishes and laying out small mattresses on the concrete floor to rest. They came mainly from the south, where the three most significant fatal outbreaks have occurred, with 720 injured and 50 killed in more than a month: 41 civilians and a police officer killed in clashes, eight others from traffic accidents. Incidents involving victims or related to road blockades, according to the Office of the Ombudsman.

Other protesters from different regions of Peru rested near San Martin Square, a traditional area in the historic center where demonstrations have taken place for decades but which is now taken over by police who do not allow concentrations inside Huh.

“Lima, which did not participate in the first phase of protests in December following the Juliaca massacre, has decided to join,” Omar Coronel, professor of political science at Peru’s Pontifical Catholic University, told The Associated Press. He was referring to an incident in Juliaca, in the southern region of Puno, where agents clashed with protesters trying to enter the airport on January 9, killing 18 people, as well as a dead policeman whose body was found burned inside a patrol car.

Coronel indicated that marches have been taking place daily for about a week. You see “thousands of young people marching not only in the center of Lima, but also in the financial center, in the center of the wealthiest areas of the city, such as Miraflores.” He noted that it is not a massive demonstration, but “we already have a few thousand young people marching daily from areas where normally there are no protests.”

Police said on Wednesday that several passenger buses had intervened at the southern entrance to the capital. The agents detained one of them who came from the Apurimac region and made a statement against President Dina Boluaarte.

According to officials, while protesters continue to pour into Lima, the blockade of the country’s major roads continues, including eight areas with 94 bottleneck points that affect 16 national highways.

The protests in Peru began when then-Vice President Boluaarte took power on December 7 to replace Pedro Castillo, the first president born in the countryside, who was ousted by Congress after a failed attempt to shut down parliament.

Castillo was arrested the same day and remains in the presidential prison in Lima. According to the prosecutor’s office, on the day of his capture, he was on his way to the Mexican embassy to seek political asylum.

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