Peruvian citizens protest in Madrid over the crisis in their country

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Dozens of Peruvians living in Madrid, they concentrated in the central Puerta del Sol to denounce the repression and violation of human rights in Peru in recent weeks and draw attention to the political situation in their country, which has had three presidents in 15 days.

In this way, the protesters lent their support and solidarity to the victims of the police repression during a series of demonstrations in Peru and their families.

Protests in the world

The protests escalated in Peru after the removal of former president Martín Vizcarra on November 9, accused of “moral incapacity” by the country’s Parliament.

And later, thousands of protesters took to the streets in Lima and other Peruvian cities to demand the resignation of Manuel Merino, who took office after Vizcarra’s departure, but were repressed by the police, with the result of two dead and about a hundred wounded.

Madrid thus joined other Spanish cities such as Barcelona and Seville, and the world like New York, Paris and Sydney, where marches are also being organized.

Social discontent

According to Pepe Mejía, an activist and one of the organizers of the event in Madrid, the nonpartisan demonstrations took place “freely and peacefully”, which is why he condemns the violence against the population and the impunity of the police forces responsible for the violation of human rights.

The concentration in Madrid has also demanded a new constitution in Peru and not only its reform: “what the current Constitution has guaranteed is greater poverty and greater impunity for the corrupt“said Mejía.

Youth activism

At the event in the Spanish capital, the protagonism of young people and women in the Political changes.

Lima art student Geraldine Ramírez, 20, one of the participants, called for justice for Inti Sotelo Camargo, 24, and Bryan Pintado Sánchez, 22, the two young Peruvians who died during the protests in Lima. And he warned: “we are watching”.

For 23-year-old Grace Bonifacio, the demonstrations must continue for it to be done justice to victims of police repression, and is hopeful with the new government in Peru, led by Francisco Sagasti, elected by Congress this week after Merino’s resignation.

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