The General Confederation of Workers of Peru (CGTP) announced that a national strike will take place this Thursday (19/01) to demand the immediate resignation of President Dina Boluarte.
According to the TeleSUR channel, the organization is finalizing the details of the main event, which will take place at Praça 2 de Maio, in downtown Lima, and will be attended by tens of thousands of people who are arriving in the capital in caravans that left from all over the country, organized by social, peasant, union and indigenous movements. Other smaller acts are expected to take place in the main cities of the country.
It is estimated that at least 30,000 people from the interior of the country will be in the Peruvian capital to participate in the main act, which leads event organizers to project a total audience of more than 100,000 people, including local supporters.
The initiative intends to repeat the feat in 2000, when a similar act was carried out to contest the electoral fraud that favored Alberto Fujimori in that year’s presidential election – thanks to that popular pressure, the caudillo’s victory on that occasion ended up not being legally recognized.
That episode became known in the country as “Marcha dos Quatro Suyos”, a name that refers to the four regions into which Tahuantinsuyo was divided, as the Inca Empire was called.
In addition to Boluarte’s resignation, the movements demand his accountability for the 47 deaths [46 civis e um policial] registered so far in the demonstrations that have taken place in the country since December, the holding of new general elections in the country still in 2023 [e não em 2024, como prevê o projeto de lei do governo que tramita no Congresso] and the convening of a constituent assembly, to replace the current one, imposed in 1993 by the dictator Fujimori.
A survey released recently by the Institute of Peruvian Studies (IEP) shows that the president is rejected by 71% of the population. This is the first survey that the entity has carried out to measure the popularity of the president, who took power on December 7, 2022.