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Alberto Otárola: the phrases that the premier left while the protests and deaths rise before the exit of Dina Boluarte

"The one who has been attacked is the Police, the State, they have not been about peaceful marches, there must be a resizing,
“The one who has been attacked is the Police, the State, they have not been about peaceful marches, there must be a resizing,” said Otárola.

The Prime Minister Alberto Otárola, issued a denialist speech this Thursday, without mea culpa and, at times, defiant. It was after the Council of Ministers, while anti-government protests are increasing in the south.

Since they erupted in December, 49 deaths have been reported. In addition, various groups announced mobilizations in Lima with the slogan “not one more death, down with the dictatorship military civic, racist and classist”.

“But the president is not going to resign. Not because she doesn’t want to do it, but because the Constitution requires that this constitutional succession that has taken place be consolidated”, was one of the first expressions of the head of the Ministerial Cabinet.

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Despite the fact that the coordinator of the prosecution offices against organized crime, Jorge Chavez Cotrinaconfirmed that all the 17 civilians who died last Monday were hit by a projectile from a firearm (PAF), Otárola insisted that it was not a “massaration.”

“It is said that there was a massacre, but the only thing that has happened is that thousands of people have wanted to take over airports. The police have not repressed the people in the streets, and in this context these unfortunate deaths have occurred, ”he said.

Another controversial phrase from the conference took place when he justified the forces of order: “The one who has been attacked is the Police, the State, they have not been about peaceful marches, there must be a resizing.”

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He then went to the National Prosecutor’s Officewho is investigating him for genocide together with the Head of State and the Interior Minister, Víctor Rojas, as well as the Defense Minister, Jorge Chávez.

“We would like the National Prosecutor’s Office to tell us with the same urgency what tax folders exist regarding the people who are destroying Peru,” he noted.

Otárola said that “the constitutional solution to the crisis” is in the hands of Congress, alluding to the bill to advance the elections to April 2024, an initiative that the Government presented in the face of repeated citizen claims.

The citizen protests, which restarted on January 4 after a Christmas truce, demand the resignation of Boluarte, the closure of Parliament, the advancement of elections to 2023 and the call for a constituent assembly.

The country experienced the deadliest day of protests last Monday, since in Juliaca, Puno, 17 protesters died in clashes with law enforcement near the airport.

“We do not want one more death,” he said before adding that “the only thing that has happened here (…) is that thousands of people have wanted to take over the airports” and “the Police have not repressed the people in the streets , (but) has defended itself and has defended the airports”.

Who has not yet ruled on these deaths is boluartesince her last public appearance was on Monday, when the first deceased in Juliaca was confirmed and, from Lima, the president added that “it is not clear what the protesters are asking for.”

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