Blockades have occurred in various parts of the country. (Diego Ramos/AFP)
While the protests in Peru do not have when to end, the union of entrepreneurs has a really bad time. They have seen their desire to carry on with their work slowed down by the stoppages and roadblocks, and many have had the need to “reconvert” to have to bring money home and not harm their families.
They are not oblivious to the political situation of the country and are aware that these massive social mobilizations take place because Peruvians are “tired” and “fed up” of having been invisible for more than 30 years for the different regional, municipal, central governments and the parliamentary authorities.
They understand that the bulk of the population wants a “total change” of the authorities we have, but they believe that this must be done “with a cool head”, otherwise the only thing that will be achieved “is the return of the living dead”.
“The living dead are all those political candidates for whom we have not voted and have not been elected to Congress or to the presidency, and who are now in a hurry to generate (new elections) to have the opportunity to see if It is that, luckily, they manage to be elected this time,” said Fernando Calmell, president of the Association of Entrepreneurs of Peru (Asep), to RPP Noticias.
In addition, the leader affirmed that the affectation that is being given to entrepreneurs in Peru, especially in the south, “is already being equated to what happened in the pandemic”, when we were all locked up without being able to work.
“In Cusco, tour guides are becoming winemakers again, as if it were the pandemic. So, the crisis that is being generated is a very, very big one that does not allow people to work or have access to basic needs,” Calmell said.
He remarked that the Peruvian entrepreneur has taken over “with the laws behind his back”, because they practically persecute him. “So, in a State that has kept Peruvians invisible, the desire to protest is valid, but you have to protest in a different way, the most important thing is to keep working and keep building,” he said.
He warned that this situation of social upheaval is causing “the impoverishment of all families in Peru.”
“Because the economy is a circle. The economy is shared, when investment is achieved, jobs are generated, be it from a large mining company, from a large agro-export company or from any businessman who hires people, when it comes to paying the salary that person goes and eats at the hairdresser, goes and consume with the taxi driver, go and consume everywhere. When the chain is broken, what is being generated is impoverishment”, he indicated.
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