The “Great National March” calling for the resignation of Peruvian President Dina Boluarte has begun this Tuesday Clashes between hundreds of protesters and agents of the National Police (PNP) in the streets and squares of the historic center of Lima.
After concentrating in the Plaza dos de Mayo the pickets of the protesters toured the historic center in different groups, where the headquarters of the General Confederation of Workers of Peru (CGTP), the main union of Peru (CGTP), is located.
Some pickets moved along Alfonso Ugarte Avenue towards Bolognese Square and others along Paseo de la República and La Colmena Avenue towards San Martín Square, the center of demonstrations during the so-called demonstrations last Thursday. “Taking Lima”,
The protest has triggered fierce clashes between protesters and police officers, and between them, has arisen a big fire which, for reasons still under investigation, destroyed a building in the vicinity of Plaza San Martín in an area considered a World Heritage Site since 1991.
This Tuesday’s demonstration has brought together hundreds of people from different regions of the country, although it has not been on the same scale as last week’s.
However, clashes also occurred in individual streets, such as Miro Quesada street, where police fired tear gas Protesters responded with bricks, stones and other blunt objects.
The most serious situation has arisen in one corner of Plaza San Martín, where many protesters have tried to move towards University Park, but have been stopped by a cordon of police security. It also triggered a skirmish in which agents fired tear gas and received red-coloured stones and cans that stained the shields they were carrying.
More than 60 deaths due to protests
The protesters, who have been called by social, peasant, union and political organizations, demand the resignation of Boluaarte and the shutdown of Congress, as well as the calling of general elections and a Constituent Assembly later this year.
The mobilisations in Peru have claimed the lives of more than 60 people since they began last December, 46 of them have been in conflict with law enforcementWhile a policeman died after being burnt alive by the protesters.
These victims include nine deaths in incidents related to the attacks, according to figures from the ombudsman’s office, and one more death in the northern region of La Libertad, confirmed by the police.
Similarly, UNHCR reported Death of four Haitians who could not get medical help obstacles and by UNICEF of an unborn child whose mother, seven months pregnant, did not reach the hospital in time.
This Tuesday, Peru’s defense and interior ministries deemed “unacceptable the extreme level of violence against law enforcement” during anti-government protests, mainly in the south of the country.
The statement was issued hours after President Boluaarte reiterated his support for the National Police and said that his country was not facing “peaceful protests”, but “violent actions generated by a group of radicalized people”.