Monday, January 30, 2023

Peru: Protests against Boluarte resume

LIMA ( Associated Press) – Thousands of demonstrators in various regions of Peru have resumed protests against President Dina Boluiarte after a partial pause for the New Year’s Eve holiday. Following the dismissal in December of his predecessor, Pedro Castillo, to try to dissolve Congress to prevent his removal, days of violent social mobilization ensued.

On Wednesday afternoon the ombudsman’s office reported mobilisations, strikes and roadblocks in 36 provinces, equivalent to 18.4% of the total.

In addition, it reported 35 roadblocks, clashes with law enforcement around an airport, the burning of a toll booth, and an attack on a public transport vehicle in Peru’s southern regions of Arequipa, Puno and Tacna.

In Lima, protesters who arrived at Manco Capac Square, where they had previously camped, were driven back by police with tear gas. Then, he continued his march to try to reach Congress, but the forces of the Order prevented him from proceeding further.

In response, President Boluaarte made another call for calm and reiterated that there would be no impunity in the deaths of the December mobilization, including at least 27 civilians.

In Cusco, in southern Peru, concessionaire Ferrocarril Transandino suspended train service to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, the country’s main tourist attraction, as a preventive measure against a resumption of protests, despite the fact that the area In the union they announced that they were suspending their mobilization to talk with the authorities.

The Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism implemented safe tourist corridors from the airports to the historic center of the southern cities of Cusco, Arequipa, Puno and Tacna, and implemented a registry for stranded tourists.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications assured that entry into the country’s airports is available only to passengers and they must carry their boarding passes.

The Office of the Ombudsman highlighted the establishment of a multi-sectoral governmental commission to provide care and financial assistance to those bereaved and injured by the seizure.

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. The current President was the Vice President and was elected on the same list with his predecessor. Parliament swore him in as its constitutional successor on the same 7 December.

Castillo was later arrested and remains in pre-trial custody while authorities investigate him for alleged rebellion and conspiracy. These incidents sparked protests in Peru, leaving 27 dead and hundreds injured. The protesters demand new elections, the shutdown of Congress and the resignation of Boluaarte. Those closest to Castillo demand that he be released.

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