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July 17, 2023
Media Contact: Melissa Garriga | [email protected]
Solidarity Protest in DC to Stand with the People of Peru Who Continue to Demand Justice and Democracy
WASHINGTON - As the parliamentary coup in Peru enters its seventh month, the people of Peru are steadfast in their fight for justice and democracy. On December 7th, 2021, democratically elected President Pedro Castillo was ousted, sparking widespread protests across the country. In a show of unity and determination, Peruvians are now organizing a third Takeover of Lima on July 19th, 2022.
To amplify their voices and raise awareness about the ongoing struggle, a series of coordinated actions will take place in Washington, D.C. On July 19th, at 10:00 am, a petition will be delivered to Congress demanding the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Peru. The petition will be presented at the Rayburn House Building Cafeteria, located at 45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515. Later in the day, at 4:30 pm, a rally will be held in front of the Peruvian Embassy, situated at 1700 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036.
In solidarity with the protesters, we support their demands, which include the resignation of Dina Boluarte, the closure of Congress, the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Peru, justice for the victims, the reinstatement of President Pedro Castillo, and the creation of a constituent assembly for a new constitution.
The Peruvian Congress, with a mere 6% popular approval, recently authorized the entry of over 1000 U.S. troops to train the armed forces and police. This decision, supported by the conservative political parties and the business establishment, has raised concerns among the Peruvian population. The coup government has also announced plans to privatize lithium mining, reversing President Castillo's efforts to nationalize processing. It is anticipated that U.S. troops will be involved in these endeavors.
We urge all individuals and organizations who believe in justice and democracy to join us in solidarity with Peru. Together, we can make a difference and support the Peruvian people in their quest for a fair and inclusive society.