Themacforums – Peru’s President Calls for Dialogue After More Than 30 Injured in Nationwide Protests. Since the uprising began, at least 54 individuals have died in conflicts with security personnel.

Injuries from gunfire projectiles were found during the autopsies of the 17 people who died on January 9 during protests in Juliana.

The vast majority of the victims are rural Peruvian indigenous people.

Protests in Peru: President Dina Boluarte has called for dialogue after clashes between protesters and police during large gatherings resulted in one fatality and thirty injuries.

“Once more, I call for dialogue and request that those political figures calm down. Boluarte said during a press conference on Thursday night, “Let’s talk about the nation with more impartiality and honesty.”

Her words came after street fights in the nation’s capital Lima, where tens of thousands of protesters from all around the country ran into a massive police show of force.

Protesters marched across Lima in defiance of the government’s declaration of a state of emergency, demanding Boluarte’s resignation and calling for general elections as soon as practical.

Peru’s President Calls for Dialogue After More Than 30 Injured in Nationwide Protests

According to the official television station TV Peru, a group of protesters was spotted walking along Abancay Ave., close to Congress, after climbing over a security fence. The video shows protesters hurling objects and beating security guards.

Police were also observed using tear gas on some protesters in the city’s downtown.

Intense clashes also took place in Arequipa, a city in the south of Peru, when demonstrators pelted police with rocks and chanted “assassins” at them close to the airport, which on Thursday halted flights. Live video from the city showed individuals trying to smash down fences close to the airport and flames billowing from neighboring fields.

According to Boluarte, there have been reports of damage to the Cusco, Puno, and Arequipa airports as well as injuries to 16 civilians and 22 members of the Peruvian National Police.

The interior ministry reported that a sizable fire also broke out in the center of Lima, where ten firefighting units were sent to put out the flames.

Boluarte declared, “We will not allow it to happen again; those who are doing these criminal acts of vandalism will face the full power of the law.”

She also expressed sympathy for the attacked media representatives.

Boluarte claims that the violent crimes that were perpetrated during these times in December and right now in January will not go unpunished. He said, “That’s hardly a peaceful protest march.”

On January 18, 2023, a man is seen holding a Peruvian flag as he takes part in a demonstration in Cusco, Peru, before making his way to Lima to join demonstrators demanding for the resignation of Peruvian President Dina Boluarte after the ouster and arrest of former President Pedro Castillo.

As they gathered in Lima this week, some protesters refuted the charge that the marches were being led by vandals and criminals in interviews in Spanish, which has been disparaged by government officials and some media.

Despite what “the state asserts about us,” protester Daniel Mamani insisted, “we are not criminals or terrorists.”

We are workers; we go to work every day; the government oppresses us; they all need to go; they are useless.”

“A change in the government, the executive branch, and the legislature is currently justified by the political environment. That is the current issue. Since other, more severe issues like inflation, unemployment, hunger, malnutrition, and other historical issues haven’t been addressed, “Carlos, another demonstrator, and sociologist from the Universidad San Marcos told the news on Wednesday.

The Andean nation’s protest movement, which has been demanding a complete reform of the administration for weeks, was sparked by the dismissal of former President Pedro Castillo in December. Intense anger with the nation’s living conditions and inequalities was another factor in its emergence.

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According to data issued earlier on Thursday by the national Ombudsman’s office, since the unrest began, at least 54 people have died in conflicts with police forces, and another 772 people, including security officers, have been injured. Demonstrators’ wrath has grown as the death toll has risen.

Authorities in Peru have recently been accused of using excessive force on protesters, including the use of guns. Police have replied by claiming that their practices conform to international standards.

17 persons who died on January 9 during protests in Juliaca, according to the city’s head of legal medicine, underwent autopsies that confirmed wounds from shooting projectiles. A police officer was allegedly burned to death a few days later by “unknown persons.”

According to Jo-Marie Burt, a senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America, the incident in Juliaca at the beginning of January had “the biggest civilian death toll in the country since Peru’s restoration to democracy” in 2000.

The heads and top bodies of the dead had also been shot, according to Edgar Stuardo Ralón, vice-president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), who was in Peru to gather information.

During the Peruvian uprisings, Ralon observed a “deterioration of public discourse” in which demonstrators were labeled “terrorists” and indigenous people were disparaged.

He advised against using such language because it might foster “an environment of greater aggression.”

When the press and the political elite embrace this method of repression, how much simpler is it for the police and other security services to apply it? Professor Omar Coronel of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru is an authority on Latin American protest movements.

Peruvian officials have not disclosed information on those killed in the incident. Experts say that Indigenous demonstrators are, nevertheless, responsible for most of the bloodshed.

According to Burt, the majority of the victims are indigenous people from rural Peru.

The country’s central and southern areas, which are home to a sizable indigenous population, have seen the majority of the protests. These regions have historically suffered from disadvantage and exclusion from the nation’s political, economic, and social life.