It is a great surprise to me that Peruvians are still out on the street across the country to reject the coup d’état that overthrew constitutional president Pedro Castillo on December 7th. These mass protests have met mass and brutal violence. The latest numbers are that 48 protestors (it started non-violently and only lately the protestors started breaking things down) have been killed and there are hundreds injured.
Peru’s coup regime has been in power for 40 days. They’ve killed 46 protesters in that time.
Corporate media calls the protestors criminals and terrorists with illegitimate demands. Though the demands are fair:
- the resignation of President Dina Boluarte who took power after the coup
- and the release of former President Pedro Castillo
- early elections and a new constitutional process.
This is not untoward. They don’t want to live under a coup government and they do not want to give their lithium away. They want to use it for the support and growth of their own country and people. Peru is perhaps a smaller example of power centers shifting during the time of growing into multi polarity.
LOL. The US govt is a supporter of the coup in Peru, their ambassador announced a big grant for Peru’s security forces AFTER they started killing indigenous protesters.
This is like asking Kissinger to condemn Pinochet. https://t.co/PhOPGf5vyW
— Ollie Vargas (@OllieVargas79) January 14, 2023
Peruvians are now on an indefinite strike with protests.
Again, as with Brazil, we see the whole LatAm region reject the coup and the coup government
Over 100 journalists and media projects from across the world signed a letter to demand an end to the repression of the Peruvian people and to the attacks against journalists.
On the ground, the country is unmanageable. The video as to the situation on the ground suffers from sound problems from time to time.
Cover image: Border between Peru and Bolivia. This border is now closed.
The Military Shot to Kill in Ayacucho: Forensic Anthropologists
On Tuesday, the Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team (EPAF) presented a report showing that the military shot with the intent to kill in at least 10 cases of citizens killed during protests against President Dina Boluarte.
Speaking about a sample of corpses of people who died in the Ayacucho region, the EPAF anthropologist Carmen Rosa Cardoza indicated that six people died as a result of shots to the chest, three due to shots to the abdomen, and one as a result of a gunshot to the head.
The facts show the same pattern: the military intentionally shot deadly areas such as the head, thorax, and abdomen, which constitutes an indication of crimes against humanity.
Peruvian cumbia singer, Yarita Lizeth, has donated her tour bus to anti-coup protesters in Puno.
Protesters are travelling to the capital city to demand the fall of the regime. pic.twitter.com/EA6qnOuv2U
— Kawsachun News (@KawsachunNews) January 17, 2023