The president of Peru, Dina Beluarte, was attacked and shaken on Saturday by two women during an official event in the Andean city of Ayacucho, where 10 people died in protests against his government.
The attack happened when Boluarte participated in the laying of the first stone for the asphalt of a road in the district of Chiara in the region of Ayacucho, about 570 km southeast of Lima.
“That’s why we are here—to lay the first stone of concrete works that will change the face of our countrymen with happiness, so that the brothers of Ayacucho can have life and health,” he said while being praised by another large group. of citizens. He also continued his visit.
The president was accompanied by the governor of the Ayacucho region, Wilfredo Oscorima, who threw candy to the population as part of the ceremony when citizen Ruth Bárcena entered secretly into the scene with another woman holding the president’s hair, according to television pictures.
After the situation and all the chaos in which the police and state security intervened, one of the citizens was detained while the president tried to rejoin.
Bárcena accused Boluarte of being responsible for her husband’s death, Leonardo Ancco, one of those who died in the protests in Ayacucho on December 15, 2022.
“They killed my husband; am I calm?” Bárcena said this when she was arrested.
For his part, Chief of Staff Alberto Otárola expressed his rejection of the incident.
“I condemn and reject the aggression suffered by President Dina Boluarte today in Ayacucho during an official event. This unfortunate event endangers the integrity of the head of state, and it is very serious. With violence, we all lose as a country,” he showed on the social network X.
The president returned to Ayacucho for the first time since demonstrations left fifty people dead across the country, twenty of whom were said to be in the hands of state forces, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
In Ayacucho, 10 deaths were reported in movements in December 2022.
With information from the AFP.