Although some urban dwellers may dismiss these protestors as extreme, at least one poll has shown that the majority of Peruvians back the demonstrations.
How has the government responded to this turmoil?
The Dina Boluarte is the new president. She called it a “national state of emergency”, an extraordinary measure that limits civil rights. The Protests have only gotten more violent and larger. The The mission of police and military was to restore order to rural areas. Sometimes, they were met with incredible violence. Some were shot in the head, chest and back by security forces.
Juliaca was a city in the south where 19 people died on January 9. What was the best way to get there when protesters blocked roads and demobilized the country.
By carrying copies of previous stories and other printed materials, my colleagues and I convinced protestors to allow us through the roadblocks. We often spoke for hours with them. We finally reached Juliaca at night after driving for nine hours. The A part of a rusted amusement blockade blocked the street-Small fires, chicken wire and park ride It really felt like we’d arrived at the end of times.
Was there anything you found in the morning?
Nearly 13,000 feet high, we awoke up in the Andes. Juliaca, a city full of extremes. The sun feels closer, harsher. The Wind is cold, dry and cutting. We saw a marching group in the streets as one of our first sights when we left the hotel.
Young people wore skinny jeans, while older women wore traditional skirts, braids, and hats. Together, they blamed the new president for the protesters’ deaths and said, “This democracy is no longer a democracy.”
How did you find out what to do when speaking with protestors?
I was able to understand the reasons why Peruvian democracy does not work for me. Many feel that the system is against them. It was clear to me on the ground why people believed this.