Police broke up a peaceful protest outside the Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park today, November 14th, in demonstrations against recent impeachment of Peru’s president, Martín Vizcarra.
Former president Vizcarra was impeached by Congress on Monday over corruption allegations, and replaced the next day by Manuel Merino, who is head of Congress. Merino is expected to lead the country through to next April’s presidential elections.
London Peruvians gathered outside the Speakers’ Corner carrying signs that read “No to corruption. Merino is not my president” and “Education is not a business.”
Peruvian public was outraged about Merino taking Vizcarra’s role, with many saying Congress should be concerned with the current pandemic bashing the economy instead of removing the president.
In addition, Mr Merino might try to reverse Vizcarra’s political reform that bans Congress member from seeking re-election.
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According to the FT, Vizcarra’s case has been largely based on leaked messages on WhatsApp that suggest he was close with construction companies that have allegedly been involved in bribery in order to gain contracts in South Peru, while he was a governor.
Words: Monika Laimaite | Subbing: Monika Groening