With marches called for this Tuesday (21) in Lima, the capital of Peru, and roadblocks installed in the interior of the country, Peruvians complete 11 consecutive weeks mobilized in protest against the government of President Dina Boluarte.
Protesters are calling for the resignation of the president who took over after the ousting of former president Pedro Castillo, opening a political crisis that has been worsening since December 7.
This Monday (20), protests were registered in several regions of the country. Trujillo, San Martín, Piura and Lambayeque were some cities that had acts.
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In addition, popular movements plan to send delegations to Lima in the coming days to continue the marches in the capital.
According to government authorities, 9 highways are blocked by protesters at 35 different points, most of them in the department of Puno, in the interior of the country. According to the Peruvian Ombudsman’s Office, 48 people have already died during the protests.
While protesters remain mobilized, the government shows no signs of giving in. Also on Monday (20), the president of the Morado Party, Luis Durán, the same from Boluarte, said that the president will only leave office after new elections.
“The president told us that she does not consider that her government is a transitional one and that, therefore, she will continue until Congress decides to postpone the elections,” he said.
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meeting with the right
Boluarte’s resignation and the calling of elections are the main demands of the demonstrators. Last Thursday, the president met with leaders of the parliamentary right to discuss holding the presidential election in 2023.
The goal is to gain support from conservative parties in Congress to unlock the project capable of bringing forward the elections. Boluarte also met with the leader of the Popular Force party, Keiko Fujimori, daughter of former dictator Alberto Fujimori.
The proposal to bring forward the elections is stalled in Congress and needs a simple majority (66 votes out of 130) to move forward. The government has already tried three other times to bring forward the election that is scheduled to take place in April 2026.
Editing: Patricia de Matos
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