Peru: thousands of demonstrators against right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori

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A protester at a rally against right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori on May 22.

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Two weeks before the second round of the presidential election in Peru, thousands of Peruvians took to the streets on Saturday against the right-wing populist candidate Keiko Fujimori.

A national mobilization convened by several civil society organizations.

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With our correspondent in Lima,

Wyloën Munhoz-Boillot

The daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, who will

face the candidate

of the radical left

Pedro Castillo

on June 6, arouses strong rejection from part of the population.

In Lima, the mobilization brought together thousands of people, despite the pandemic and was marked by the presence of victims and families of victims of the regime of Alberto Fujimori.

No to Keiko

” and “

Fujimori never again

” are some of the slogans that echoed in the streets of the historic center of Lima this Saturday.

Mask and visor on the face, Maria Elena Carbajal came to demonstrate, despite her fragile health.

She is one of hundreds of thousands of women

forcibly sterilized

under Alberto Fujimori's regime and who have been demanding justice for more than 20 years.

"A serious attack on our right to justice"

“ 

We are outraged to have as a presidential candidate someone like

Keiko Fujimori

who asserts that there was no forced sterilization under his father's regime, but a family planning policy.

So we are here to bear witness to this crime and say 'no to Keiko',

 ”she testifies.

To read also

: in Peru, Alberto Fujimori before the judges for the forced sterilization of thousands of women

Alberto Fujimori, who is on the verge of trial for these sterilizations, is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence for corruption and crimes against humanity, but his daughter Keiko Fujimori said she would pardon him if elected .

“ 

My brother is one of the students of La Cantuta University who was assassinated by the paramilitary group La Colina under the authoritarian regime of Alberto Fujimori [

in 1992 as part of the fight against the SL guerrillas and Tupac Amaru, Editor's note

].

If Keiko Fujimori frees her father as she said during the campaign, it would be a serious violation of our right to justice, as a family of victims,

 ”indignant Carmen Amaro, who also came to demonstrate.

The associations of victims of Fujimorism opened the march joined by

feminist, LGBT,

artists and other citizens who marched in their thousands this Saturday to express their rejection of the candidacy of Keiko Fujimori, also accused of corruption.

To read also 

: in Peru, Keiko Fujimori, leader of the opposition, is released from prison

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