- Title: Peruvian protesters demand newly-elected President Castillo resign
- Date: 16th August 2021
- Summary: LIMA, PERU (AUGUST 15, 2021) (REUTERS) POLICE OFFICERS ESCORTING PROTEST VARIOUS OF PEOPLE MARCHING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DEMONSTRATOR, CARLOS CASTILLO, SAYING: "If the President (Pedro Castillo) does not dismiss the ministers, who are a disgrace to the country, he too must resign." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE PROTESTING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DEMONSTRATOR, KAREN SAENZ, SAYING: "The government has lied to the people. He (President Pedro Castillo) has said he is a democrat and has appointed terrorist ministers, all linked to terrorism. Peru does not want terrorism anymore." DEMONSTRATORS WAVING PERUVIAN FLAG VARIOUS OF PEOPLE PROTESTING
- Embargoed: 30th August 2021 04:11
- Keywords: Lima Peru President Pedro Castillo politics protesters
- Location: LIMA, PERU
- City: LIMA, PERU
- Country: Peru
- Topics: South America / Central America,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001EQJ3HVR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Thousands of people took to the streets of Lima on Sunday (August 15) to demand the resignation of newly elected president Pedro Castillo and the head of the Council of Ministers, Guido Bellido, who is under investigation for allegedly supporting terrorism.
Demonstrators marched through the streets of Lima's downtown while waving Peruvian flags and chanting slogans such as "no to communism, "Castillo resign."
Bellido's appointment as Prime Minister has brought about controversy in Peru. A supporter of the extreme left, he is under investigation for allegedly apologizing for terrorism after publicly expressing his support for the Shining Path group.
Castillo, 51, was elected in a bitterly divisive election that underscored the inequities between urban and rural Peruvians. In the end, Castillo, an elementary school teacher backed by a Marxist party, won by a razor-thin margin against conservative U.S.-educated Keiko Fujimori.
Castillo's victory has shaken the political elite and worried companies fearful of his plans to hike taxes on mining to fund health and education reforms in the world's second-largest copper producer.
(Production: Carlos Valdez)
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