Three leaders of the protests in Peru are arrested accused of belonging to Sendero Luminoso

continue the protests in Peru with new calls from the groups of protesters, of which three of their leaders have been arrested. In this new day, a congressman denounced that protesters attacked his house in the city of Puerto Maldonado, in the Peruvian Amazon. The country’s president, Dina Boluarte, assured this Friday that her government promotes a national dialogue “for social peace, reconciliation, economic growth and development, which includes all sectors, without exclusions.”

The arrested They were the president of the Ayacucho People’s Defense Front (Fredepa), Rocío Leandro Melgar, together with the vice president Stefany Alanya Chumbes, and the secretary of that organization Alejandro Manay Pillaca.

The National Police of Peru (PNP) confirmed on social networks that the leaders were arrested last night and the Ministry of the Interior added that the arrest was carried out by PNP agents and special prosecutors sent from Lima.

The ministry pointed out that Leandro Melgar will be transferred to Lima after having remained in the Ayacucho police station, “as far as some people criticized what happened”, for which reason the police guard had to be increased as a precautionary measure.

He assured that the woman was part of “the terrorist organization Shining Path and was arrested and committed to prison for participating in attacks in the 1980s and 1990s.” General Óscar Arriola, head of the National Criminal Investigation Directorate (Dirincri) of the Peruvian National Police (PNP), added that the “Comrade Cusi”, as she is known, is a released prisoner “convicted and confessed to the crime of terrorism” and was “the third member” of Sendero in Ayacucho, while she accused Alanya of being “the military command”.

Arriola remarked that the Police does not maintain that all the participants in the protests are members of that group but he said that he wants “the population to know, that they have every right to protest peacefully, that there is no longer any doubt that there are members of Sendero Luminoso on the side.” The last stronghold of Sendero Luminoso, in league with drug trafficking, survives in the Valley of the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers (Vraem).

Local media reported that the arrests occurred after the Huamanga Second Prosecutor Investigation Office expanded the preliminary investigation against “those found responsible” for the violent demonstrations that took place in ayacuchowhere at least ten people died last December.

The prosecution investigates the violent events of December 15 and 16, when looting took place and the offices of the Public Ministry, the Judiciary, the Bar Association and other state offices were burned in the city of Ayacucho.

In this sense, the investigation is being continued for the alleged commission of crimes against public peace, in the form of riots to the detriment of the State, the Public Ministry and others.

A congressman denounces an attack on his home

the congressman Eduardo Salhuanaof the right-wing Alianza Para el Progreso (APP) party, denounced that “a mob” attacked his home in the city of Puerto Maldonado, capital of the Amazonian region of Madre de Dios, where protests and blockades of demonstrators are also registered.

Salhuana reiterated this Friday on television Channel N that groups of protesters their home was attacked and intimidated citizens who reject the protests. After learning about these events, the APP bench expressed its solidarity with the legislator and indicated on social networks that it “recognizes the right to peaceful social protest,” but rejected “any act of vandalism that threatens public and private property.”

the locks persist this Friday in various regions of the country, mainly in the south, although there have been no clashes, but new demonstrations are announced throughout the day.

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