Protests in Peru intensify and erode the power of President Boluarte
The mobilizations demanding early elections already reach 10 regions, especially in the south
The provisional president lacks allies and has little room for action to put the situation back on track
The protests do not subside in Peru after the crisis. and they already reach 10 regions, especially in the south of the country. After Puno, the epicenter of the recent unrest, Cusco, the so-called “imperial city” of the Incas, has joined the demands for early elections< /strong>. There was a failed attempt to take over the airport. In the protests died a person. Since the beginning of December, when Congress removed the President Pedro Castillo , 47 deaths have been counted in clashes with the security forces. The prosecutor's office has determined that a good part of the deaths have been due to injuries from police bullets. The demonstrators also demand the resignation of Dina Boluarte, and the dissolution of a Congress that has already pointed its cannons against the weak executive authority by approving a commission to investigate acts of violence.
The National Commission for Human Rights in Peru (CNDHH) has also requested in a Lima also shaken on Thursday night that the president give one step to the side The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) met today. He met with her at the beginning of the week and is preparing to release a report on the situation in the country that, he assures, will be published. very critical.
The Prime Minister, Luis Alberto Ot days ago the vote of confidence in Congress, expressed the president. his decision to “defend democracy at any cost” to “safeguard the security of the majority of Peruvians.” However, the price that the interim authorities may pay is high if political tension escalates. Boluarte lacks a parliamentary bench and his own party Its situation is so fragile that analyst César Hildebrandt warned about the risk of Peru sliding towards a civic-military government. “If flaming radicalism aspires to a checkmate, what it could achieve is for Boluarte to confirm and deepen his commitment to the Armed Forces. That was what happened, apart from obvious differences, in the 90s,” he said. Hildebrandt en sus thirteen.
The regional question
Peru it is a deeply centralist country. The asymmetry between Lima, the capital, and the interior, is one of the great pending issues that no president has managed to begin to resolve and is another of the reasons for the present conflict. “It is not difficult, in fact, to detect in the protests that spread across a good part of the national territory a clamor associated with the secular neglect that such problems have deserved on the part of those who have What happened in the government, rather than with the preposterous and illegal agenda of the most radicalized sectors of the social unrest these days,” said the newspaper El Comercio.
In this context, the National Assembly of Regional Governments requested the Boluarte will be asked to make a greater effort to guarantee the elections this year and not in the distant April 2024, as Congress has agreed in principle. The regional authorities consider that the elections must be carried out “immediately” as “an effective solution to the political crisis”. If the lethal events continue, said the governor of La Libertad, César Acuña, “those responsible would be the 130 congressmen” who refuse to modify the electoral agenda.