(7 Oct 2019) Peruvians clashed with police in Lima on Monday amid a large protest over President Martín Vizcarra’s decision to shut down congress and remove legislators from their seats, a move protesters have likened to a coup
The demonstration was attended by members of Fuerza Popular, which is the opposition party of Keiko Fujimori, who is the daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori.
Keiko Fujimori was once a commanding force in the country’s politics but is now being investigated for allegedly receiving money from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht for her 2011 and 2016 presidential campaigns.
Protesters had previously been given permission to gather at Universitario Park in the capital, but by the afternoon, various demonstrators scuffled with police patrolling the area in anti-riot gear.
Martha Moyano, a protester, said she was afraid that Peru would become like Venezuela, which is currently experiencing record-high hyperinflation.
But many still support Vizcarra.
According to a survey published on Sunday by Peru’s La República newspaper, 84% of 1,216 respondents said they supported the closure of congress. The survey was conducted between October 2 and 4 and had a margin of error of 2.8%.
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