Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Peru: protests against Boluarte intensify in the Cusco region

LIMA ( Associated Press) – Protests against the government of Peruvian President Dina Boluarte, which has been simmering for a month and left 47 dead in social upheaval, spread to the south of the country Wednesday with new clashes. Cusco, after the deadliest day on Monday in the Puno region.

According to the Cusco Regional Health Management, as of mid-afternoon, officials had reported 22 injuries in Cusco, 16 of them civilians and 6 policemen due to clashes between protesters and law enforcement around the airport. Police indicated that protesters tried to take over the airport terminal of the area, which is a major destination for tourist attractions in the country, notably the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Two were injured by the bullet and two were injured by the bullet. Besides this, one of the injured had sustained serious head injury and 18 sustained injuries on various parts of the body.

The ombudsman’s office reported mobilizations, strikes and roadblocks in 41 provinces at five o’clock in the afternoon, most of them in the southern regions: Apurimac, Ayacucho, Arequipa, Cusco, Puno, Tacna, Madre de Dios, the latter in the southeast. forest. Also in the center, Lima and Huancavelica, and in the north of the country, Lambayeque and San Martín. On that day there were 72 blocking points on the national roads.

The national prosecutor’s office indicated that it had requested information from the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the Ministries of Defense and Interior for a preliminary investigation against Boluaarte and other senior officials in his cabinet in relation to acts of violence in the December protests. was opened. And January…

In the city of Juliaca, in Puno, which was the star of the deadliest day, crowds marched with the 17 dead who fell in clashes with law enforcement last Monday. They walked the streets with coffins on their backs and some of the dead were taken to the airport where they died.

“Dina killed me with bullets,” a paper sign attached to the coffin of Eberth Mamani Arqui, who arrived in Juliaca from the city of Sisuni in Cusco. A family member on tour said, “They just identified it today, before it was NN.”

The relatives of the victims said, “This democracy is no longer a democracy.”

Black and bicolor flags with black and white stripes were carried by those in the procession of the deceased, replacing the red and white colors of Peru’s national emblem.

As they passed a police station, surrounded by dozens of agents, marchers shouted “murderers” at them and some came to confront them.

“Dina, killer, listen, we’re going to Lima! Resign!” shouted one of the comrades. “Dina, the killer, it’s your job!” repeated several Juliakenos in the march.

On the morning of the same Wednesday, a delegation from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights began a tour of Peru regarding the protests and social crisis. The mission, led by IACHR Vice President and Coordinator for Peru, Guatemala Stuardo Ralón, met with Boluarete at the Government Palace.

The IACHR was in Peru in November at the request of Pedro Castillo, when he was still president, to address a crisis of political instability in the government of the former president who was ousted in December.

The protests – which demand the advancing of general elections, the resignation of Boluaarte and the shutdown of Congress – have gained new momentum this week after a partial pause for the year-end holidays, after resuming last Wednesday. Of.

Among the protesters demanding the resignation of the president, the shutdown of Congress and new elections are those who also demand that Castillo, Bolurat’s predecessor, who was dismissed and placed on preventive detention for eight months while investigating an alleged insurrection be in custody.

Boluaarte took over the government after Castillo, who was president through 2021, was ousted by Congress on December 7 after trying to dissolve the state’s power with a televised message. The current President was the Vice President and was elected on the same list with his predecessor. Parliament swore him in on the same day that Castillo was deposed as his constitutional successor.

Castillo was arrested while he was in a vehicle with his entourage on an avenue in the center of Lima. According to the prosecutor’s office, he was on his way to the Mexican embassy to seek political asylum.

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