At the feet of the statue of Túpac Amaro in horseback shouting an expression of freedom, people from Cusco gathered to reject and show their disagreement with the candidacy for the presidency of Peru of Mrs. Keiko Fujimori.
The protestors made an appointment for 3:30 in the afternoon. One by one they arrived, joining the crowd. They brought with them signs and material for placards which they shared with everyone who came, ever more.
The indignant people of Cusco raised their voice in protest, saying: “No to the broad funnel law for some and a narrow one for the people.” “Keiko, listen. The people repudiate you.” “Keiko, pickpocket, give us back our money.” “For justice and dignity. Fujimori, never again.” These and other words were directed to the candidate of the orange party, Fuerza por el Progreso (Courage for Change).
The different social and youth groups made their presence known with drums, placards, banners, whistles, and harangues against the candidacy of Keiko Fujimori.
Yesterday, April 5th, a great multitude gathered to reject and say “no” to Keiki and to the Fujimorism she represents. People also came to remember the anti-democratic coup on this date in 1992 when Alberto Fujimori was president.
The entire multitude marched and raised arguments from the Plaza of Túpac Amaru. They went through the gates of the Wanchaq Market, down the Avenida Garcilaso, up the Avenida El Sol, the Ayacucho Street, Belen, Tres Cruces, through the San Francisco Plaza, Marques Street and to the Plaza de Armas of our city.
The protestors entered our main square around 6 pm. In loud voice, to the rhythm of drums and whistles, they made a turn around the square. More protestors came and added to the crowd that was awaiting the multitude that had marched from Túpac Amaru. From the doorway of the Cathedral you could hear and see thousands of persons raising a single voice of protest. Some analysts calculate that the multitude included as many as 15,000 persons.
People of all ages gathered in front of the Cathedral, everyone. There they burned large rag dolls, and caskets that represented the Courage in Progress candidate. The protest lasted until 8 pm. Afterwards people returned home and to their obligations motivated and with their consciousness raised by the march and protest.
Just as in the City of Cusco, so throughout the country there were marches and protests against the candidacy of Keiko Fujimori, against Fujimorism, and rejection of the coup carried out by her father.
The protest and march were protected by the National Police of Peru. In uniforms, they maintained order among a population indignant at the atrocities carried out in the government of the former president, Alberto Fujimori, father of the candidate.