The Human Rights Office of the National Association of Journalists of Peru (ANP) revealed that it recorded attacks on 21 journalists, until this Sunday, December 11. The communicators are covering the demonstrations that take place in Lima, Apurímac, Huara, Puno, Arequipa and other departments.
According to ANP information, these figures have been recorded during the confrontation between the population and the National Police From Peru. “(…) the attacks during the coverage of protests range from excessive use of force by police officers to aggression, insults and attempts to dispossess journalists’ work equipment by the protesters,” the statement reads. missive.
They also specified that the most serious cases are Analí Andrade, Carlos Peña and Edwin Ramírez, who are being harassed and prevented from carrying out their work in Apurímac. While, Williams Moreno and Sergio Garcia have been attacked in the city of Huara.
The association also reported that there have been other attacks by protesters in favor of former president Pedro Castillo outside the Special Operations Directorate (Diroes). However, the police agents would not avoid these acts against the journalists.
“From the National Association of Journalists of Peru we reject the assault by police officers on reporters premises along with the attempted confiscation of work equipment with journalistic material. This action violates the duty of law enforcement to guarantee journalistic activity in coverage of protests ”, it is indicated.
In addition, they repudiated that the population assaults “verbal and physical” against the journalists who are in the places of the events. These types of violence have “triggered” that professionals are unable to fulfill their duties, which is why it affects “the right to information for citizens.”
Given this, they called on the authorities to protect public order where the former president is being held after the self-coup on Wednesday, December 7.
This afternoon, the National Human Rights Coordinator (CNDDHH) reported that 11 citizens have been arrested between December 9 and 10 in the different cities where demonstrations are taking place.
In Metropolitan Lima, on December 9, eight people were arrested, three of whom are released without charge and five remain in the custody of State security. While, in Huacho, on December 10, three protesters were intervened, but their current situation is unknown.
Demonstrations between the population and police officers have left 28 injured until last Saturday. On December 9, there were four and six injuries, in Metropolitan Lima and Andahuaylas, respectively.
The following day, December 10, in Andahuaylas 15 injuries were reported, of which 10 have head injuries and within these figures there are two minors. In Huacho, three injuries have also been reported, but their situation is unknown.
However, these would not be the only alarming figures, given that the protests in Andahuaylas have gotten out of control. For this reason, the Peruvian Corporation of Airports and Commercial Aviation (Corpac) announced the closure of the city’s airport.