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Peru: national day of protest against President Boluarte


Peru is preparing to experience a new national day of protest against President Dina Boluarte on Wednesday, January 25, the day after...

Peru is preparing for Wednesday, January 25, a new national day of protest against President Dina Boluarte, the day after violent clashes in Lima.

The leader had called on Tuesday January 24 for a “

national truce

”, when 46 people have been killed since the start of the demonstrations in December.

Clashes of Tuesday January 24

In Lima, several thousand protesters from the Andean regions – poor –, many in traditional dress, marched through the center on Tuesday, carrying Peruvian flags and shouting “

Dina assassine


Significant clashes took place in the late afternoon and evening between demonstrators, some of whom were equipped with iron shields, who were throwing stones, and numerous police officers who were charging with tear gas, noted journalists from the 'AFP, who witnessed the arrests.

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Several people were injured by projectiles or hit by gas during the most violent day of demonstrations in Lima since the beginning of the unrest.

Two photographers, including one from AFP, were hit by pellets and stones.

“No truce!”

Before this large gathering, the second in Lima in a few days, Dina Boluarte had once again tried to defuse tensions, calling for "

reestablishing dialogue

", "

setting an agenda for each region

" and "


" the country.


I do not intend to stay in power

," she promised, ensuring that she wanted to respect the Constitution and withdraw in the elections brought forward to 2024. Visibly moved, Dina Boluarte also asked "

forgiveness for the dead

“, promising investigations to determine the authors.

An intervention without effect on the demonstrators.

We listened to Madame Boluarte.

His vision is pathetic.

The Peruvian people, all of us, we are not going to have a truce.

We have nothing to discuss with Madame Boluarte.

The only thing the people want is for her to resign and for there to be new elections

,” said Carlos Avedano, 35, carrying the tricolor of Andahuaylas, the epicenter of the unrest in December.

We no longer believe his words

,” says Rosa Soncco, 37, from Acomayo, at more than 3,000 meters above sea level, in the Cuzco region (south).

There are 50 dead.

How many mothers cry?

We demand: one, that she resign;

two, change Congress;

then new elections.

We want a transitional government

,” she said.

“Ready for any fight”

A protester brandished a large doll holding a bloody knife, decked out with a photo of the interim president, who came to power after the dismissal in early December of the former left-wing president, Pedro Castillo.

In the procession paraded dozens of army reservists wearing pants, caps or khaki jerseys.

The accursed (leaders) have trampled on us for decades but now the people have risen

,” said Crispin Quispe, a reservist from the Puno region.

We fought, hungry, cold.

Without getting paid, and now they're trampling on us.

We are ready for all fights

, ”he swears.

In the evening, the authorities announced the closure of the airport of Cuzco, the tourist capital of the country, in addition to those of the airports of Puno and Arequipa.


The unrest began on December 7 after the dismissal and arrest of Pedro Castillo, accused of having attempted a coup d'etat by wanting to dissolve the Parliament which was preparing to oust him from power.

Mrs Boluarte, his former vice-president and running mate in the 2021 elections, attacked him verbally.

It suited him to make this coup in order to pose as a victim (…) and not to answer to the prosecutor for the acts of corruption of which he is accused.

There are no victims here, Mr. Castillo: there is a country that is bleeding because of your irresponsibility

, ”she said, stressing that she had the same modest and Andean origins as him.

Lima's contempt

The crisis reflects the huge rift between the capital and the impoverished provinces, which backed Pedro Castillo and saw his election as revenge for what they see as Lima's contempt.

Dina Boluarte is due to speak on Wednesday January 25 before the Organization of American States (OAS) while the international community and human rights associations have criticized a “


” use of force in repression.

I will come before the OAS to tell the truth.

The Peruvian government and especially Dina Boluarte have nothing to hide.

Fifty people died (adding the deaths due to the blocking of the roads, Editor's note), it hurts me

, ”she said.

Source: lefigaro

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