Crisis in Peru: Pedro Castillo ordered a curfew and had to lift it a few hours later | Social revolt for rising prices

the president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, canceled on curfew in Lima and Callao and called for “the tranquility of the Peruvian people” after incidents outside Congress were recorded to protest the measure.

This was announced by the president during his participation in the Congress in the meeting he had with the Board of directors and parliamentary spokespersonswhere he stated that, since the Executive took office, they have left “a series of bills” that could help resolve the current crisis, but that they are “sleeping” and are not being questioned.

“We came here with the healthiest purpose, showing the country that we want unity, in my head it does not happen that Congress is obstructive,” said the Peruvian president, overturning the government’s provision.

The government is facing this social crisis just over eight months after Castillo took office in the midst of popular hope for change, which is fading, and when he is weakened by the war the right has declared since day one and internal problems. , such as interrogated appointments, corruption allegations, and a departure from its original program of changes.

While, Rising prices for fuel, tolls, food and agricultural supplies sparked protests in several regions of the country a couple of days ago. Associations of transporters and farmers have launched mobilizations against the price increase, which has spread to other city sectors: roadblocks, looting of shops and clashes between demonstrators and police have put the government in check.

Curfew

Specifically, Castillo had established a curfew from 2:00 am from the early hours of this Tuesday (local time) until 23:59 of that same day. In a televised message, Castillo said that this measure was a response “to the acts of violence that some groups wanted to create” and seeks to “restore peace and internal order”.

After the announcement, the JCouncil of Spokespersons of the Congress of Peru On Tuesday he asked Castillo to repeal the decree establishing the curfew in Lima and Callao and invited the president to join the legislature to find a solution.

As can be seen in the videos, this Tuesday afternoon the measure attracted a large number of people demonstrations around the Congress that brought together thousands of people and included clashes with the police that surrounded the site.

“The measures that are being taken, such as the one that was taken last night, are in no way against the people, but to protect the health and life of fellow countrymen following the latest events,” he said. Castillo at the last press conference.

He also explained that it is important to emphasize that the powers of the state “are here to serve the country” and to “safeguard the lives” of the people, so when making these kinds of decisions it is for this and to respect “the just have Peruvians to to demonstrate”.

“This does not mean that, making use of a mobilization or a constitutional right, we as a state also endorse some attitudes that go beyond the constitutional law such as blocking roads, stoning a house, attacking private property, public and private institutions. this framework I must announce that from now on we will cancel this mandate which corresponds to asking for the tranquility of the Peruvian people “, he concluded.

Protests in Lima. Photo: EFE

The origin of the protests

The Andean region of Junín, where the violence began, was the cradle of the ruling party of Free Peru (PL). A statement by President Castillo on Friday accusing protest leaders of being paid to attack the government ignited popular anger.

“Stops and roadblocks are announced, some executives and some group leaders are malicious and paid, it is necessary to tell them that we will put order in the next few hours”, were the words of Castillo that have set fire to an already heavily loaded social scene with shortcomings aggravated by the pandemic. and from the latest ups, frustration and anger.

On Saturday, the government sent seven ministers to the city of Huancayo, capital of the Junín region, to speak with the strikers. Violence had spread to that city, with looting and attacks on public places. The house in Huancayo of the general secretary of PL, Vladimir Cerrón, was stoned. Ministers and demonstrators met in a Colosseum, in the midst of a great disorder. Outside the clashes continued and the smell of tear gas penetrated the Colosseum. In the tumultuous meeting, government representatives, to try to reduce the discomfort, began to put Castillo’s apologies for his questions to the protest leaders on the loudspeakers. “If there was a misunderstanding in some of those statements and I have to clear it up by apologizing or forgiving people, I have to do it a thousand times over,” was the president’s apology.

For its part, on Monday, the Pan-American North and South, and the Central Highway connecting Lima with the Andean area, the country’s three main communication routes, were blocked by protesters’ pickets. The looting of shops was repeated in several cities. Markets and shops in Lima have closed for fear of looting. Throughout the day there were clashes between demonstrators and police.

Meanwhile, to meet demands for recent price hikes, the government announced a reduction in fuel taxes to lower their price, which took effect Monday, and the elimination of the general sales tax (equivalent to VAT). argentina) for basic foods from the family basket, such as chicken, eggs, flour, sugar, noodles.

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