Peruvian Protests Reach Impasse with the ‘Gordian Knot’

**Peru Spirals into Crisis as Structural Problems Linger On**

Protests in Peru broke out last December after the failed self-coup by then-president Pedro Castillo, but they can be traced much further back, to a country where the crisis of representation seems to have reached its zenith. Structural problems such as a perennial weakness of political parties and economic, social, political and cultural inequality have exacerbated citizen discontent. With a shallow level of communication between citizens, associations, and types of political parties with militants, tensions have arisen to a new level.

Since the beginning of December, the situation has led to 50 deaths, 41 protesters, a police officer and eight more people who have died as a result of roadblocks spread throughout the country. Peru has begun to experience divides between Lima and other regions and problems of decentralization.

The current president, Dina Boluarte, has offered to open channels for dialogue with valid interlocutors of the protesters, though the Government assures that it has not found any yet. Professor at the National University of San Marcos (UNMSM) Lara Amat y León stresses the importance of dialogue, saying that it is the only remaining option to avoid a rise in deaths.

“The problem is how many deaths we are willing to bear, how many deaths a regime that wants to call itself democratic can bear,” according to León. The protests continue to threaten to reach Lima with force.

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