Stop the massacres in Peru!

Lucy Pagoada-Quesada speaks at Peru solidarity protest. SLL photos: Stephen Millies

A protest in solidarity with Peru’s Indigenous and poor peoples and against the military and police massacres was held across from the United Nations headquarters in New York City on March 31. Since Peru’s elected President, Pedro Castillo, was overthrown and jailed on Dec. 7, 2022, hundreds of Peruvians have been beaten and killed for protesting the coup.

The poor and Indigenous peoples of Peru elected Castillo. However, the U.S. embassy and U.S. mining companies wanted Castillo overthrown.

Vice President Dina Boluarte has become the front person for the military and police killings. Most people slain have been killed in the countryside where Indigenous people live.

Protesters carried signs with pictures of those murdered. Many are young people. Talks were given in both Spanish and English.

Among the speakers in solidarity with the people of Peru was Lucy Pagoada-Quesada, a New York City schoolteacher who’s the coordinator of D19/Partido Libre de Honduras. 

The action was called by Solidaridad Latino Americana; Peruanos en el Extranjero, No al golpe; and Socialist Revolution.

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