Peru: Citizens Participate in 2nd Day of Rage Against Corruption
Thousands marched in Peru's capital city, Lima, to demand a political and judicial reform Friday in the second day of nationwide protests after a corruption scandal revealed public officials and judges used their offices to trade and gain political favors. Since several audio recording revealing the corrupt acts were made public several judicial officials have been dismissed. Now, however, Peruvians are demonstrating their overall rejection of the political class and demanding early elections and a constituent assembly.
Women in Peru are also demanding a non-machista justice system. This year at least two men who brutally assaulted women were acquitted despite recorded evidence of the acts of violence.
Protests and marches took place across Peru on the eve of their independence day, which is celebrated on July 28.
Workers’ unions, university students, teachers, the No to Keiko bloc, opposition political parties and the National Coordinator of Human Rights participated in Friday’s march.
"I do not fear you corrupt!"
Protesters carried vultures to depict corrupt politicians and justices in Lima.
Peruvians joined in what they call a civil protest to "save Peru from corruption." Earlier this year former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski resigned amid a corruption probe involving Odebrecht.
Protests also targeted Congress. The picture depicts the leader of the largest party in Congress, Keiko Fujimori of Fuerza Popular.
There are increasing demands to "Kick them all out!" Protesters wore masks of political figures like president Martin Vizcarra.