At Peru Protests’ Epicenter, Rage—And a Sense of Betrayal

By Gonzalo Banda

Stumbles by the new government are aggravating unrest in rural areas and providing opportunity for future authoritarians.

AREQUIPA, Peru—Turning on my radio, I tune to the station La Decana de Juliaca, and immediately hear broken and angry voices urging the resignation of President Dina Boluarte. Regional governors in Puno, Cusco and Apurímac have made the same demand of Boluarte, who has not made a public statement since January 9, after 17 civilians were killed by police and a policeman was burned to death in his patrol car. On the morning of January 12, merchants in the Andrés Avelino Cáceres market in Arequipa closed their shops in solidarity with the deaths in Juliaca and in protest against...

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