EU Denounces Excessive Use of Force in Peru: Analysis of Latin America Implications

European Union Condemns ‘Acts of Violence’ and ‘Disproportionate Use of Force’ in Peru

The European Union (EU) has strongly condemned the acts of violence and disproportionate use of force by the security forces in Peru during the wave of protests that began in December, resulting in the death of around 60 people.

A spokesperson for the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrellissued a statement stating “Peaceful social protests that respect the rule of law are legitimate in a democratic society. The EU reiterates its condemnation of the numerous acts of violence and also of the disproportionate use of force by security forces.”

The EU also urged the Peruvian government and all political actors to take urgent steps to restore calm and guarantee an inclusive dialogue with the participation of civil society and affected communities as a path of way out of the crisis.

The community bloc added that it is fully committed to supporting Peru’s efforts in this regard and expressed regret for the deaths since the start of the protests. They warned that social and political crises can only be resolved with full respect for the constitutional order, the rule of law and human rights.

Hundreds of people met again on Saturday night in the center of Lima, especially around the Congress, and new incidents were generated, although of smaller dimensions. Demonstrators are calling for the resignation of the president, Dina Boluarte, the closure of Congress and the calling of general elections for this year and a constituent assembly.

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