On December 7, 2022, a political crisis erupted in Peru when President Pedro Castillo was impeached – according to Peruvian legal terms – by a right-wing Congress allied with the Vice-President, Dina Boluarte.
Peruvians immediately took to the streets in protest against what in their view was a coups d’état, orchestrated by the country’s powerful elite. Protests were primarily led by Indigenous communities in the southern part of the country who are underrepresented and have endured decades of repression in Peru.
Boluarte’s government responded with an immediate and violent crackdown, characterizing the protesters as terrorists.
It is likely that these numbers are grossly under-counted, as victims’ families have been forced into silence, for fear of persecution.
Peninsula 360 Press in partnership with Global Exchange sent a media team to Peru immediately following the uprising to follow the protests, give witness and document the devastating consequences of Boluarte’s violent repression of protests. The team was on the ground from Dec. 23, 2022, to February 16, 2023 interviewing families of victims, accompanying mobilizations, documenting the government’s smear campaign against those who organized the protests.
These images tell the stories of just a few of the thousands of Peruvians who are fighting for their rights and freedom.
To educate the public about the human rights crisis that continues in Peru, Pennisula360Press is organizing #PerúResiste a traveling popup street action.
This is a joint project of Pennisula360Press; Global Exchange and Social Focus, in collaboration Rompeviento TV, Periodistas Unidos, and the Center for Latin American Socio-legal Studies (CESJUL).