Government of President-designate Dina Boluarte decreed this Saturday a state of emergency in Lima, Callao, Puno and Cusco, which will suspend several constitutional rights.
Thousands of Peruvians from the Aymara and Quechua communities, as well as from social and union organizations, are heading from different provinces to Lima as part of the second edition of the “March of the Four Regions” (Cuatro Suyos).
They demand the resignation of President Dina Boluarte, the closure of Congress, the holding of a Constituent Assembly, and the release of former President Pedro Castillo, who was accused of rebellion and removed by Congress on Dec. 7.
Since then, there have been massive protests in different regions. Security forces have repressed them with violence, leaving 50 citizens dead and hundreds of people injured and detained.
— Aníbal Garzón 🌎 (@AnibalGarzon) January 11, 2023
The first march of the Cuatro Suyos occurred in the year 2000 when thousands of people gathered in Lima to protest against the fraudulent third re-election of Alberto Fujimori.
The tweet reads, “In Cuzco (Peru) the people march furiously shouting a clear and direct message to the oligarchy and powerful elites: ‘Civil war now!’ Peru Resists.”
“Thousands of people will arrive and stay until Dina Boluarte and Congress leave,” said Santos Saavedra, the president of the Central Union of Peasant Rounds, who arrived in Lima on Saturday accompanied by farmers from Cajamarca, La Libertad, and Amazon.
On Sunday, the Peruvian Ombudsman’s Office reported that a person died in the city of Moyobamba, in the San Martin region, amid a traffic accident linked to road blockades against the Boluarte regime.
Since Dec. 7, some 50 people have died during the massive mobilizations that demand an immediate change in the Peruvian political system.
— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) January 11, 2023
At a time when Peruvian social organizations keep calling for demonstrations against police repression, the Government of President-designate Dina Boluarte decreed this Saturday a state of emergency in Lima, Callao, Puno and Cusco, which will suspend several constitutional rights.
The decree, published in the official gazette close to midnight on Saturday, authorizes the military forces to intervene together with the Police to “safeguard” public order.
Peru has been experiencing a series of social protests since last December 7, when the Congress dismissed President Pedro Castillo, who is in prison on charges of rebellion, and appointed in his place Boluarte.
Courtesy: TeleSur (Published on Jan 16, 2023)