There were strong clashes in Lima between protesters and the police. The head of the state television station resigned accusing the government of Manuel Merino of trying to cover up the marches.
The protests against the new government of Peru continued this Saturday with clashes in Lima between protesters and the police that left about 30 injured in recent days. In the midst of tension, the head of public radio and television announced his resignation, after denouncing censorship by the conservative president Manuel Merino, who took over on Tuesday.
A crowd marched again this Saturday in the capital in rejection of the dismissal of former president, Martín Vizcarra, in a motion of censure promoted by his opponents after several accusations of corruption were heard against him.
The march this Saturday arrived at the house of the new prime minister, Ántero Flores-Aráoz, and there they collided with a group of riot police who have dispersed the protesters.
In total 27 people have been injured in Lima during the demonstration against the removal of Vizcarra and the inauguration of Manuel Merino de Lama as head of state. Among them 16 civilians and 11 agents, according to the police.
Three of the protesters ended up with serious injuries and two of them are admitted to the intensive care unit of the Almenara Hospital due to pellet impacts.
Amnesty International denounced this Saturday that they registered “episodes” of “excessive and unnecessary use” of force by the Peruvian National Police in the demonstrations produced in the context of the political crisis that the country is going through.
“The videos digitally verified by Amnesty International are overwhelming evidence of the violence carried out by the Police against the population it should protect,” the organization’s director for the Americas, Erika Guevara Rosas, confirmed in a statement.
The general commander of the Police, Jorge Lam, denounced for his part that during the protest a sector of protesters threw “bombs” at the forces of order, which caused the burns in eleven officers. AND
he Minister of the Interior, Gastón Rodríguez, specified that this attack occurred after the protesters managed to break the police cordon that prevented them from reaching the Legislative Palace.
Rodríguez denied that the security forces have used lethal weapons, but only “deterrents”, which is why the origin of the pellets that injured protesters is being investigated.
The United Nations also condemned the performance of the Peruvian security forces in dissolving the demonstrations for their use of force against peaceful protesters and the Interior Minister, Gastón Rodríguez, was summoned to appear in Congress next Sunday, according to the station. RPP.
Meanwhile, the president and the manager of the National Radio Institute of Peru (IRTP) resigned after denounce an attempt to “censor and manipulate” coverage of the protests.
Renzo Mazzei, who until this Friday was the manager of the public telecommunications entity, left his post after denouncing that a “trusted collaborator” of the new president Merino called him to ask that public television not broadcast citizen mobilizations Monday last Monday, according to the newspaper Trade, from Lima.
After the resignation of Mazzei and the executive president of the organization, Eduardo Guzmán, the journalists of TV Peru read a live statement in which they regretted the departure of the directors and defended the “quality” public television of the “mass media public administrations in democracy “.
Peru’s political crisis reached a new peak with the removal of Vizcarra on Monday in a motion that brought the then president of Congress, Manuel Merino, to power.
Vizcarra had already replaced Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in 2018, who resigned after being accused of being involved in a plot of urban corruption linked to the Lava Jato case.