Peruvian Premier appears before Congress for April protests | News


The Prime Minister of Peru, Aníbal Torres, responded this Thursday, first publicly before the plenary session and then in a private session, to an interpellation from the Congress of the Republic about the immovability measure adopted on April 5, which was interpreted by some legislators as a restriction of civil liberties.


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Around 11:30 local time (16:30 GMT) the session began late and the premier recalled the context in which farmers and transporters demonstrated due to the rise in fuel and fertilizer prices.

According to Torres, economic reparations of 40,000 soles (about 10,500 dollars) were delivered in some cases to the relatives of those who died during the protests and he specified the 149 injured civilians and police officers, all of whom have been discharged so far.

The head of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (PCM) focused his speech on the tenure decreed on April 5 and explained that it was issued on the basis of intelligence and police reports that indicated that the protests would intensify and that it could corroborate in the violent demonstrations that took place that day.

He had to account for the police repression against the social demonstrations in several Peruvian cities and for the curfew that did not prevent the massive demonstration in Lima against the Government of Pedro Castillo.

The Cabinet chief insisted that the Police suggested ordering a curfew, but that “said documentation has been classified as reserved”, in relation to the repression of crime, for which he argued that he could not give more public details. The intelligence document is classified as secret, according to what he declared.

The protests that occurred between April 1 and 6 left six dead. According to the Executive spokesman, the teenager who drowned in a river in the Junín region did so far from where the confrontation between the forces of order and the protesters took place.

In addition, he acknowledged that the death of an 18-year-old from Huánuco and another man in Ica are being investigated by the National Police and the Prosecutor’s Office, since they were shot by firearms.

Torres explained that 27 detainees were reported in Huánuco, four of them minors for alleged crimes of extortion, violence, resistance to authority and disturbances. In Lima, 13 people were arrested, including two minors, for disturbance and robbery, and three for crimes against property.

Congresswoman Flor Pablo indicated that, according to article 51 of the regulations, a reserved session would be held in which the prime minister gave explanations about the measure.

“We have exhausted the legal channels to obtain the reports that substantiated the confinement of 11 million people on 04/05. The Executive did not make them transparent for internal security. That is why I asked the president of Congress to go to a reserved session so that the premier is accountable,” said the legislative representative.

At the end of this reserved session, the interpellation continued and some congressmen from the ruling party were satisfied with Torres’s explanations, while opposition legislators stated that they could request a motion of censure against the head of the PCM.

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