- Title: Peruvians march in support of Vizcarra after Congress' dissolution
- Date: 4th October 2019
- Summary: LIMA, PERU (OCTOBER 3, 2019) (REUTERS) **WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** PROTESTERS MARCHING IN SUPPORT OF PRESIDENT MARTIN VIZCARRA PLACARD THAT READS, (Spanish) "VIZCARRA, THE PEOPLE SUPPORT YOU" PROTESTERS BANGING DRUMS AND CHANTING PROTESTER DANCING PROTESTERS BANGING DRUMS AND DANCING PROTESTERS CHANTING, (Spanish) "YES WE DID" VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PROTESTER, JORGE RODRIGUEZ, SAYING: "Today is a re-affirmation of a people who have come out to fight, to say that the closing of Congress is part of a victory that has been building over the years and it has finally been done." LARGE PERUVIAN FLAG BEING WAVED PLACARDS WITH MESSAGES DENOUNCING THE COUNTRY'S CONGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PROTESTER, JORGE BRACAMONTE, SAYING: "The feeling out on the streets and in the country is one of peace and now it's a celebration. People feel they have won a battle, that they've cornered the mafia, cornered a Congress that had turned its back on the country." PROTESTERS CHANTING (Spanish) "THE PEOPLE UNITED WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED" PROTESTERS GATHERED IN CAPITAL'S MAIN SQUARE
- Embargoed: 18th October 2019 04:47
- Keywords: Peru protest support President Martin Vizcarra Lima Congress
- Location: LIMA, PERU
- City: LIMA, PERU
- Country: Peru
- Topics: Government/Politics,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA001AZOKI13
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Peruvians took to the streets of Lima on Thursday (October 3) in support of Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra after he dissolved congress and called for new elections.
Vizcarra stressed his decision was part of his constitutional powers and blamed lawmakers for repeatedly trying to block his anti-graft reforms. And for the hundreds that marched on Thursday night, his move has widespread public support.
Opposition lawmakers in a plenary session accused Vizcarra of overstepping the bounds of the constitution, and said they would seek to oust him on the grounds he was morally incapable of governing.
The power struggle threatens to hobble governing and could trigger unrest in a country that has seen increased political volatility in recent years. Some lawmakers have vowed to physically resist any attempt to send them home.
(Production: Carlos Valdez)
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