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A violent group tries to prevent AI from presenting a report on the protests in Peru

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This content was published on 26 May 2023 – 03:34

Lima, May 25 (EFE).- A violent group, identified by the local media as the far-right collective La Resistencia, intervened this Thursday and tried to prevent the presentation of a report from Amnesty International (AI) about the death of. 49 Peruvian protesters clash with law enforcement during anti-government protests.

In a video shared on social networks, you can see how they stopped the scheduled presentation together with the relatives of the victims of the demonstration, hours after AI presented the same report to the press.

Shouting in favor of the Peruvian National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces, they ended the presentation and confronted some of those present.

AI director for the Americas, Erika Guevara, commented on the video via her Twitter account and called it an “act of violence”, but emphasized that “the dignity of the victims of human rights violations in Peru was protected by the public, shouting for justice, dismantled” the attempt to interfere with the action.

“From Amnesty International, we reaffirm our commitment to justice and the dignity of the Peruvian people,” he said.

On her behalf, AI General Secretary Agnes Callamard emphasized that “the event was interrupted by a violent group that tried to arrest and silence the organization and the victims”.

“You know what? We are higher, stronger and more determined than ever. JUSTICE,” said Callamard on his Twitter account.

The AI ​​report argues that the deaths of 49 Peruvian protesters in clashes with law enforcement during anti-government protests show a “deliberate and coordinated state response” ordered or taken by senior officials.

“Far from being isolated incidents attributed to rogue agents acting alone, the number of deaths on multiple dates and locations suggests a deliberately coordinated state response. Authorities should Peru to investigate the possibility that senior officials ordered or took these killings, regardless of how high in the chain of command they go,” said Callamard.

In addition, he warned, “instead of condemning the excessive use of force, Peru’s high authorities encouraged it by publicly praising the actions of the security forces, while at the same time stigmatizing those who showed up as ‘terrorists’ ‘ and deliberately spreading false information.”

On the other hand, Amnesty International also asked the Prosecutor’s Office of the Andean country “everyone, up to the highest level, who ordered or accepted the illegitimate use of lethal force by the security forces” which was arranged with the investigate these deaths.

The report analyzes 52 cases of people killed or injured during protests in different parts of the south of the country (Andahuaylas, Chincheros, Ayacucho and Juliaca) and concludes that there are 25 deaths, and 20 of them could be extrajudicial executions. committed by the forces of the state”. EFE


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