William Lee: Protesters Focus On Peru's Political Establishment
Huffington Post - over 3 years
News of protests and social unrest in Peru tend not to come as a great surprise. Indeed, the country is one of the most prone in Latin America to such events. However, one surprising aspect of the events of the past two weeks, which saw large numbers take to the streets of the capital, Lima, is that, rather than being focused on local issues, such as the impact of large-scale mining, the protests have expressed a broad frustration with Peru's political establishment. In this way, they mirror recent protests in Brazil.
The trigger for the protests was the release of a recording in the media of an apparent behind-the-scenes deal between Peru's five main political parties to appoint six new judges to Peru's highest court, the new human rights ombudsman and three Central Bank board members.
Although the appointments were legally and constitutionally valid, the manner in which they were pushed through led to some of the largest street protests in Lima since the late 1990s wh
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