The president of Peru, In Boluarteaccuses the demonstrators of wanting to break the Rule of law.
Accompanied by her group of ministers, President Boluarte responded at a press conference at the Government Palace in Lima to the protesters who took to the streets this Thursday calling for her resignation. The president assured that her government is firm and that her cabinet is more united than ever.
“To those of you who protest daily, who finances you? Why don’t you work? And what money do you take home? Why do you leave your families to protest, if the country does not need any social benefits? You are demanding something outside the rule of law. What you want is to create chaos and disorder, and in the midst of that chaos and disorder take control of the country.”
Boluarte also called for calm during his speech: “I am not going to get tired of calling them to good dialogue, I am not going to get tired of telling them: let’s work on the vision that the country needs“.
The president of Peru declared that during this last day of protests, the opponents wanted to take over three airports in the interior of the country. According to government reports, this was an action that was already planned.
In Lima, the riots caused a fire in a historic building, near the Plaza de San Martín, the place where the demonstration was concentrated. Although the building was uninhabited, the firefighters had to evacuate both the residents and the protesters. The Minister of the Interior of Peru, Vicente Romero, affirmed that the police had nothing to do with the flames.
The Prime Minister of Peru, Alberto Otárola, lamented the death of four Haitian citizens in the municipality of Desaguaro, near the border with Bolivia, and two men from Puno and Arequipa; as a result of clashes between protesters and law enforcement. These 6 new deaths bring the total death toll to 59 since the protests began on December 7.
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