AMERICA/PERU - Merino resigns after protests with dead and injured: Bishops are calling for deep and comprehensive dialogue

Monday, 16 November 2020 social situation   politics   episcopal conferences  


Lima (Agenzia Fides) - After taking office following the dismissal of President Vizcarra on November 10th (see Fides, 11/11/2020), the President of Parliament Manuel Merino resigned from office yesterday, Sunday, November 15th (see Fides, 11/11/2020). The resignation came after a series of protests by the Peruvian people during the week. On Saturday 14, during the general protests against the appointment of Manuel Merino, two young men were killed due to gunfire fired by the police.
One of the two men was taken to Almenara hospital, which issued a statement stating: "A male patient, about 25 years old was hospitalized at 8:20 pm, due to gunshot wounds. He was hospitalized in the Shock Trauma area of the Emergency Room where he was received by the security staff, in charge of notifying the arrival of the body".
Unfortunately, on the evening of Saturday, November 14, the number of victims of the protests in Peru was two dead and 107 injured, of whom 34 were seriously injured and still in hospital.
The Peruvian Bishops' Conference (CEP) has published a declaration on the situation of the political crisis that the country is experiencing, reflecting what the population has expressed in many public demonstrations: "Every day the distrust, uncertainty and insecurity suffered by our population damage irreversibly the progress of Peru. To get out of this crisis a clear path is needed.
It is essential to listen to the cries and demands of the people, in order to regain trust, tranquility and social peace. Therefore, efforts to achieve a profound and comprehensive "social dialogue" are of fundamental importance in the search for alternative solutions to confrontations and conflicts".
Last night, Congress met in an extraordinary session to find a solution and a replacement for the president, who is to remain in office until the presidential elections on April 11, 2021. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 16/11/2020)