The Peruvian government is deploying military and police officers in view of possibility , as of January 4, demonstrations will resume again. They demand the resignation of President Dina Boluarte, the advancement of elections and the calling of a constituent assembly.
In a press conference with the Association of the Foreign Press in Peru (APEP), the Peruvian Defense Minister, Jorge Chávez, assured that the Armed Forces are deployed in support of the National Police by virtue of an emergency decree issued by Boluarte’s government.
“The Armed Forces have already deployed means and personnel by virtue of the information (with which the government has),” Chávez said.
In this sense, he explained that “they have already located the areas where demonstrations could possibly take place on January 4th that could degenerate into violent actions in order to protect critical assets, strategic infrastructure, road network and, above all, The highest priority is to protect the population,” he added.
For his part, the Minister of the Interior, Víctor Rojas, explained that the Government has “information that, possibly, as of January 4th, 2023, we will once again have social conflicts, particularly in the southern zone” of Peru.
In this sense, he commented that this December 29 he will travel to the southern regions of Arequipa, Cusco and Puno, “to corroborate the information (…) and to prepare the police services.”
Rojas explained that the purpose is not ” go with the intention of a repressive action”, but “go establishing the services with the desire to protect the property and free movement of people who have to continue mobilizing to carry out their different activities”.
Likewise, he assured that there are “clear provisions” on respect for human rights.