Stop Violent Attacks on Peaceful Pro-Democracy Protesters

Target: Gastón Rodríguez, Minister of the Interior, Peru

Goal: End brutal police tactics aimed at non-violent protesters.

Hundreds of thousands of Peruvians have launched demonstrations opposing the removal of President Martín Vizcarra in what has been widely described as a coup d’etat. Vizcarra, who was first elected in 2018, was impeached twice in 2020 under suspicious circumstances by the Congress of Peru. Widely popular for his reform efforts and his anti-corruption campaign, Vizcarra’s replacement by a far-right interim government has sparked widespread outrage.

In response, the National Police of Peru has launched counter-demonstration operations marked by shocking violence, resulting in at least two deaths and dozens of injuries among protesters. Police have used rubber bullets, tear gas, and live fire against demonstrators, drawing international condemnation and causing further chaos in the government. This disproportionate response to peaceful demonstrations can only worsen the situation as rights groups and pro-democracy advocates attempt to resolve the crisis. Sign the petition below to demand that police end their violent attacks and submit to impartial investigations.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Rodríguez,

Under the Peruvian constitution, all Peruvians have rights to both freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly. The demonstrations against the partisan removal of President Martín Vizcarra are both, as Peruvians of all backgrounds give voice to their anger at a political move widely seen as illegal and unjust.

As such, Peruvian police forces have neither legal nor moral justifications for the brutal treatment experienced by protesters, and alleged violence and repression must be halted immediately and those responsible investigated. I demand that this be done without delay.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Johnattan Rupire




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2 Comments

  1. Please see what is going on in Peru with protesters

  2. We all love our democracy. We have either been born here or have come here in order to obtain it. This Country should not be changed into an autocracy or a fascist state just because of one poor loser President who can’t deal with anything not going his way. Well, it’s time to grow up and be a man.

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