Thousands of Peruvians march against President Boluarte in Lima
Lima, Jan 31 (EFE).- Thousands of Peruvians marched through the streets of Lima on Tuesday to demand the resignation of the president and the closure of Congress in a demonstration led by a new police strategy, which protected much of the center of the capital.
People from across Peru began their demonstration at 4 pm local time (21:00 GMT), the same moment that Congress was expected to debate the bringing forward of the general elections, one of the main demands of the protesters, but the Legislature postponed the debate again.
The Peruvian National Police closed some streets in the center and allowed access to one of the roads connecting to Congress – Abancay Avenue, which has remained closed in previous marches – but kept the protesters some three blocks away from the Legislative headquarters.
Shouts of “murderous state” and “closure of congress” accompanied photographs of those killed in the protests, cartoonish figures of President Dina Boluarte, and flags representing various Peruvian provinces, communities and departments.
As usual, most of the businesses remained closed and the main streets and avenues had a strong police presence.
According to the Ombudsman’s Office, 47 people who participated in the protests, which have been running since December, have died as a result of clashes, while a policeman died after being burned.
In addition there are 10 deaths in events related to roadblocks and one death in the northern region of La Libertad, confirmed by the police.
Likewise, Boluarte announced the death of another patient who needed to reach Lima but was held up in the blockades, and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees notified of the death of four Haitians, in addition to the unborn baby confirmed by Unicef. EFE