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Congress approves the formation of a commission to investigate the 47 deaths from violent protests in Peru

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The Plenary of Congress of the republic approved with 71 votes in favor, 45 against and one abstention, the formation of a commission to investigate and find those politically responsible for the 47 deaths left during the violent protests against the Government of Dina Boluarte in the south of the country.

The proposal was born from parliamentarian Edgar Reymundo (Democratic Change-Together for Peru)who proposed that this working group be made up of all the benches of the national representation and have a term of 90 calendar days.

During the debate, the benches of people force Y popular renewal showed their notorious opposition to the idea and stressed that the Public ministry I was supposed to be in charge of running the errands. In addition, they rejected the thesis that alleged violations of human rights were committed.

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The positions of these political groups were transferred to the result of the vote when they marked red against the creation of the investigative commission. the bench of Advance Country, parliamentarians María del Carmen Alva (Popular Action), Roberto Chiabra (Alliance for Progress), Ángel Azurín and Esdras Medina (We are Peru) also accompanied this rejection.

Similarly, parliamentarians José Balcazar (Perú Bicentenario), Kira Alcarraz and José Elías (Podemos) and the ungrouped Juan Burgos They also lined up not to support the causes of deaths during the protests that have been going on for more than a month.

One detail that has remained pending is the number of members and the proportionality criteria that will be discussed in the Board of Spokespersons as announced. Joseph Williamshead of the Board of Directors of the Parliament.

To the inquiry in the parliamentary jurisdiction, it should be noted that the National Prosecutor’s Office arranged this Tuesday to start a Preliminary investigation for alleged genocide, qualified homicide and serious injuries against the President Dina Boluarte; the president of the Council of Ministers, Alberto Otárola; the interior minister, Victor Rojas; and the head of Defense, Jorge Chavez.

The measure, which also reaches the ex-premier Pedro Angle and the former Minister of the Interior Cesar Cervantes, It is based on the deaths of demonstrations committed in December 2022 and January 2023 in Apurímac, La Libertad, Puno, Junín, Arequipa and Ayacucho, which at the moment add up to 47.

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Last Friday, the Public Ministry ordered to carry out preliminary investigations —the first step in an eventual preparatory investigation— into the complaints against the Head of State and the Prime Minister, among others, for the deaths that occurred during the demonstrations that shook the country last December. However, now the 17 deaths registered in the last day in Juliaca (Puno) have been added.

The protests started after Boluarte assumed the Presidency by constitutional succession, after the failed self-coup of his predecessor, Pedro Castillo (2021-2022), who is serving 18 months in preventive detention for rebellion.

The demonstrations, which demand the resignation of the president, an advance of elections and a new constitution, were repressed by the Police with the support of the Armed Forces, by virtue of a emergency decree Government approved.

Boluarte had expressed that he would give “all the corresponding facilities for the prompt clarification of the facts, as has been requested on several occasions.”

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