Weekly Report - 20 April 2023 (WR-23-16)

PERU: Focal point of protests shifts

Ever since the impeachment of former president Pedro Castillo (2021-2022) last December the nucleus of anti-government protests in Peru has been the south-eastern region of Puno, bordering Bolivia. Protests have still not subsided in Puno, but they were eclipsed in scale this week, if only for a short time, by the eruption of protests in the north-western region of Piura. The protests in Piura, as in Puno, are directed against the government led by President Dina Boluarte, but the catalyst was different. In Piura it is not so much ‘Dina asesina’, the mantra adopted in Puno due to the high number of fatalities at the hands of security forces since the protests began, as ‘Dina inepta’, for her government’s perceived mishandling of the devastating floods that followed Cyclone Yaku, which lashed northern Peru in March.

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