Survey Shows 58% of Peruvians Believe Excess Use of Force in Protests Occurred

Peru sees surging disapproval of president and Congress performance

A survey of the Institute of Peruvian Studies (IEP) reveals that 70% of citizens disapprove of the performance of President Dina Boluarte and the Head of Congress, José Williams.

Almost six out of ten citizens surveyed by the IEP perceived police excessive during last December’s protests – resulting in 49 deaths – while 26% believe the forces of order “managed appropriately” the unrest.

60% of Peruvians believe the protests are “justified” compared to 35% who do not. Those surveyed most often cited “spontaneous or organized groups of citizens” (44%) as the “most important actors in the protests”, compared to references to “violent groups or groups linked to terrorist groups” (27%) or “groups linked to illegal economies” (13%).

The disapproval of Boluarte’s way of running his government is at 71% with 19% of citizens approving; while Congress’s disapproval is 88%, and only 9% in favor. For the president of Parliament, José Williams, disapproval has reached 72% with 16% in favor.

The survey carried out between January 7 and 12 has a margin of error of 2.8%. It shows that the majority does not justify the attacking public buildings (90%), taking over airports (82%), attacking law enforcement (81%), paralyzing businesses (74%) or blocking roads (68%).

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