Monday, January 30, 2023

Protests in Peru turn their eyes to Lima again

LIMA ( Associated Press) – Protests against Peru’s President Dina Boluarte, which have already killed 50 people, appear to be regrouping Monday in the country’s capital.

After several days in which the southern region of Puno, where Lake Titicaca is located, was the focus of demonstrations, the region’s Aymara communities were preparing to travel to Lima on Monday. In the capital, it was expected that some 50,000 amaras would turn up to demand the march to Boluaarte, prompting mobilization.

“We leave this Monday at the latest. (…) We want all to travel in unity among the Aymara people,” Julio Vilca of the Aymara town of Ilvay told the Peruvian newspaper La Repubblica.

In Cusco, another southern region where the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is located, other groups of Quechua farmers are preparing to move to the capital.

Some groups of ronderos, farmers who patrol their towns as a form of traditional security, have already begun arriving in Lima from the Cajamarca region in the northern Peruvian highlands, where Boluaarte’s ousted predecessor Pedro Castillo is from.

The call to the capital was announced as the “March of the Four Suyos”, referred to as the Suyos, in reference to the political division of the Inca Empire. The same name was used in 2000 for one of the largest protests against former President Alberto Fujimori, who was ruling at the time after a disputed re-election and fled the country that year amid corruption scandals were.

In recent days, thousands of Lima residents have marched from the city center to wealthier districts, demanding Bolourte’s resignation and an end to the violent suppression of the protests, which has resulted in dozens of deaths in various areas. country. ,

The country’s most important union, the General Confederation of Workers, has called for a national strike against the government next Thursday and demanded the resignation of Boluaarte and the Congress’ unpopular board of directors.

Several groups of farmers were about to march in the capital on Monday.

The number of deaths in connection with the protests rose on Sunday with the death of 39-year-old Jose Santos Medina Vega in the Amazon region of San Martín. According to records from the ombudsman’s office, the person died “as a result of a traffic accident involving a road blockade”.

On Sunday, mobilizations, strikes and roadblocks were recorded in 35 provinces, most of them in the country’s southern regions, according to the ombudsman’s office, with 99 national roadblocks and “a rally for peace and a notice of rejection to stop the protest”. Economic activities in the province of San Martín”.

Fifty people have died since the protests began: 41 civilians, eight due to traffic accidents and blockade-related incidents, and one policeman after being attacked by a mob, according to the Ombudsman’s report. .

This Sunday a state of emergency began, which suspends the fundamental rights of citizens for 30 days in the Department of Lima, which includes the capital; the region and province of Callao adjacent to the city of Lima; and in the south, in Puno and Cusco; a province of the Apurimac region; two others from Madre de Dios; and a district in Moquegua.

The protests – which demand the furthering of general elections, the resignation of Boluaarte and the shutdown of Congress – took a new turn this week after resuming on Wednesday the 4th following a partial ceasefire due to end-of-year holidays. gained speed.

Among the protesters are those who also demand that Castillo, Boluarte’s predecessor, who was ousted and served 18 months in preventive detention while under investigation for alleged insurrection, be released.

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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