Peru: “Now civil war!” shout the demonstrators

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P&eacute ;rou: “Now civil war!” shout the demonstrators

Protester in Lima

“Now civil war! chanted hundreds of people who came to march in the streets of Lima on Monday against President Dina Boluarte, on the eve of a large rally Tuesday afternoon called by unions.

The demonstrations, which have already killed 46 people, continue in Peru. In Lima, hundreds of protesters, many of them from impoverished Andean regions last week, pounded the pavement again Monday in the city center, chanting Dina murderer or Dina the people repudiate you.

Protesters consider her a traitor when she was the vice president of deposed President Pedro Castillo.

At the head of the procession, four Ukukus, snow protector dancers, who wear traditional masks. One of them regularly cracked the ground with a long whip, a symbol of power.

The police fired tear gas several times, an AFP journalist noted.

Edmunda Canaguira, 60, came from Sicuani in the Cusco region last week. We urgently need Dina to step down, she said, dressed in the traditional way, with a straw hat and a colorful shawl in Andean colors.

We will demand until the last day that she resigns. She doesn't listen to people.

The procession dispersed in the early evening, but a large rally should be held on Tuesday, at the call of several parties and unions. The leader of the General Confederation of Workers of Peru (CGTP), Gerónimo López, spoke of a peaceful national mobilization.

We reject any act of violence. Those who create chaos and destruction are people infiltrated by the government, he assured.

Protesters demand the resignation of President Dina Boluarte, the dissolution of Parliament and a Constituent Assembly.

The demonstrations will continue, Interior Minister Vicente Romero acknowledged in the morning, while the state of emergency is in force in key regions of the country and that protest movements are banned there.

He also said the country was experiencing one of the highest levels of violence since the 1980s and the armed conflict between the Peruvian authorities and the revolutionary Shining Path and Tupac Amaru guerrillas.

Priding himself on the professionalism of the police, he defended police interventions when they are criticized by civil society or abroad.

Protests are also taking place in other parts of the country.

Sunday night in On Monday, authorities released 192 of the 193 people arrested Saturday at San Marcos University, where they were being housed so they could participate in the protests.

Several local media and voices of civil society had denounced this controversial operation carried out by police officers who burst onto the campus, conducted muscular searches and forced protesters to lie face down on the ground.

The unrest began on December 7 after the impeachment and arrest of left-wing President Pedro Castillo, accused of having attempted a coup in wanting to dissolve the Parliament which was about to oust him from power.

The crisis is also a reflection of the huge rift between the capital and the impoverished provinces that backed Native American President Castillo and saw his election as revenge for what they felt was the contempt of Lima.

On the diplomatic front, Ms. Boluarte will speak before the Organization of American States (OAS) this Wednesday while a rapporteur from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) said Peru has been the scene of violence during the protests.

In Buenos Aires, the Argentinean and Brazilian presidents, Alberto Fernández and Luiz Inacio Lula, called in a joint statement on all Peruvians to resume dialogue, also saying they were “concerned about the situation of the #x27;former President Pedro Castillo” kept in detention.

The Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has delivered, following the statements of the Bolivian and Colombian presidents, protest notes to the embassies of these two countries, urging them to stop interfering in the internal affairs of Peru.

In the Ica region (about 350 km south of Lima), protesters attacked agricultural estates belonging to large exporting companies.

The airports of Arequipa and Juliaca, in the south of the country, remained closed on Monday. Just like the tourist jewel of Machu Picchu which has not welcomed visitors since Saturday.

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