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Violence against the Government of Boluarte intensifies in Peru

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The chief of staff, Alberto Otárola, told Congress that “a supreme decree has been approved by the Council of Ministers declaring social immobilization in Puno for a period of three days, from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m..”

In the midst of protests in various regions of the country, Otárola appeared yesterday with his ministers before Congress to request a vote of confidence for the investiture, a constitutional requirement to continue in office.

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Succession

Boluarte served as vice president until December 7, when Congress removed Castillo after he attempted to shut down Congress, intervene in the judicial system, and rule by decree.

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The ex-president, who was being investigated for corruption, is serving 18 months in pretrial detention issued by a judge on charges of rebellion.

Although she considers herself to be on the left, Boluarte is seen as a “traitor” by the communities and militants who support Castillo. The right-wing sectors that previously promoted her fall now support her.

Meanwhile, the Superintendence of Land Transportation of People, Cargo and Goods reported 53 sections of highways with traffic interrupted by pickets in six regions: Puno, Cusco, Apurímac, Arequipa, Madre de Dios and Amazonas.

In the southern Andean Ayacucho region, thousands of people marched through the streets of the city of Huamanga to demand the resignation of Boluarte, new elections and the call for a Constituent Assembly, the triad that represents the main political banner of the protests.

Repression

The violent repression of the forces of order left 14 dead on Monday during an attempted occupation of the Juliaca airport and three died during a looting in a shopping center. In addition, a person who died burned and the authorities are investigating whether it is a policeman or a civilian in this city located 1,300 km south of Lima.

The Government alleged that the firm action of the police and military guarding the air terminal was in response to “a coup” prepared by thousands of protesters.

“More than 9,000 people approached the Juliaca airport and approximately 2,000 of them began a merciless attack against the police and the facilities, using magic weapons (improvised weapons) and double charges of gunpowder, creating an extreme situation,” Alberto Otárola told the press.

The Catholic Church, the majority religion in Peru, described the situation in the southern region as a “war situation.”

“The truth is that we are in the hands of barbarism. The confrontation between brothers and sisters is much more painful, because we are part of a single society, a Peruvian family,” Cardinal and Archbishop of Huancayo, Pedro Barreto, told RPP radio.

“The population wants peace, they want justice, they want fraternity, they want to put confrontations aside and there I believe that we all have to invoke calm, serenity,” said the Jesuit priest, named cardinal by Pope Francis.

On its side, the regional government of Puno decreed three days of mourning on Tuesday for the deaths registered in the last hours and called for the resignation of the president.

In this context, Peru will receive today a mission from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which has come to inquire about the demonstrations and the police response.

According to the government, former Bolivian President Evo Morales is linked to the protests, which is why he was prohibited from entering Peru until further notice.

Morales, who presided over Bolivia between 2006 and 2019, has had an active presence in Peruvian politics since the leftist Castillo came to power in July 2021 until his dismissal on December 7, after a failed self-coup. In November, Morales visited Puno.

Source: Ambito

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