The Peruvian Prime Minister highlights the “professionalism” of the security forces during protests in the capital
So far, dozens of people have been injured as a result of the riots.
MADRID, 20 (.)
Thousands of people have taken to the streets of the capital of Peru, Lima, to demand the resignation of the president, Dina Boluarte, all this after dozens of caravans of protesters from regions of the whole country.
A month and a half after the start of the social outbreak in which Peru is immersed and with a death toll that since December 7 exceeds the figure of 50 dead, the national strike celebrates a day of protests marked by the strong police deployment of the Peruvian authorities, with more than 11,000 security agents on the streets of the capital.
The country’s authorities have asked the protesters to calm down and have called for them to express their claims peacefully. In fact, the president herself appealed last Monday to Peruvian citizens to carry out the ‘Take of Lima’ “in peace.”
During the day of this Thursday there have been clashes between protesters and the security forces in various parts of the city, as well as the burning of urban furniture, the closure of part of public transport, and the launching of gases by the Police tear gas in an effort to quell the riot.
The Ministry of Defense, for its part, has issued a warning about possible seizures of public and private institutions such as the Lima Drinking Water and Sewerage Service or television antennas.
Likewise, at least ten teams from the Lima Fire Department have gone to extinguish the fire in an office building in Plaza San Martín, in the center of Lima, near the Palace of Justice, as reported by the RPP radio station.
The building, to which the Minister of the Interior, Vicente Romero, has gone to supervise the tasks of extinction of the fire, has suffered the detachment of its façade due to the fire. The head of the Interior has assured that it is still unknown how the fire would have started, ruling out that a tear gas bomb thrown by the Police was the cause of the fire.
The Peruvian National Police (PNP) has denounced attacks against the forces of order as well as the destruction of public and private assets, which is why it would have proceeded to the “legal use of force, guaranteeing respect for Human Rights.”
In addition, it has made an appeal for “calm and peace”, asking the protesters that the right to protest not be stained with acts of violence, as expressed by the police body in a statement released on the social network Twitter.
So far, according to the latest report, 22 police officers and 16 civilians have been injured by clashes in the marches in Lima as well as in other parts of the country during the day on Thursday, according to ‘La República’.
THE PERUVIAN ‘PREMIER’ HIGHLIGHTS THE PROFESSIONALISM OF THE PNP
The Prime Minister of Peru, Alberto Otárola, highlighted on Thursday the professionalism and prudence of the Peruvian National Police (PNP) during the protests in Lima.
“Despite the serious attacks that our Police have suffered and continue to suffer, they have not fallen for provocation and have responded to these attacks with firmness, professionalism and prudence and they will continue to do so all these days to come and that we have these marches,” he said. recounted the Peruvian ‘premier’ in a televised message.
In this sense, Otárola has assured that the Government remains in charge of the rights of Peruvians after the demonstrations. “The Government is in command of the situation and is caring for the fundamental rights of citizens,” she pointed out.