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In recent times, Peru has witnessed a series of protests against the government that have captivated the attention of the nation and the world. It is important to highlight that these organized protests are not only a fundamental right that forms part of the Peruvian Constitution but also an inherent part of a vibrant democracy. Contrary to misconceptions, these demonstrations rarely turn violent, and they are not directed at tourists. Here, we will shed light on the nature of today´s protest in Peru and emphasize its significance as an expression of basic democratic principles and rights.
A New Constitution
The Right to Peaceful Assembly
One of the pillars of democracy in Peru is the right to peaceful assembly, which is explicitly protected by the Peruvian Constitution. Article 2, Section 2 guarantees the right of all Peruvians to gather peacefully, express their opinions, and petition their government for change. Protests serve as a platform for citizens to voice their concerns, demands, and desires for a better society.
A Better Society
The Power of Civic Engagement
Protests in Peru represent a powerful form of civic engagement where individuals from diverse backgrounds come together to advocate for social, economic, and political change. They provide an avenue for ordinary citizens to collectively challenge policies, demand accountability, and call for reforms that reflect the needs and aspirations of the people.
Transport Drivers Protest
Contrary to sensationalized portrayals, most protests in Peru are non-violent. The majority of participants engage in peaceful demonstrations to convey their message effectively. Peaceful protest is a recognized means of bringing attention to social injustices, inequality, and other pressing issues without resorting to violence.
Protests can serve as a catalyst for change and can push governments to respond to the demands of their citizens. In Peru, demonstrations have played a crucial role in sparking dialogue and prompting policy reforms and even changes in governments. By amplifying public sentiment, protests create an environment where decision-makers are compelled to address the concerns of the people they serve.
Distinguishing Between Protests and The Tourist Experience
It is essential to emphasize that the primary target of protests in Peru is not against tourists. The grievances expressed during demonstrations are typically aimed at the government, institutions, or specific policies rather than individuals visiting the country. Peru's tourism industry remains largely unaffected by protests, as organizers generally prioritize ensuring the safety and well-being of visitors. Tourism is the reason why extra measures are put in place by the authorities, as Peru is dependent on the tourist industry as a main player in their economy.
Police Presence in San Martin Square
Today´s Protest (19/7/23)
"Travel may be disrupted in different parts of Peru,” according to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), and "access to the airport in Cusco will be restricted to foot passengers. "A few trains have been canceled". Before visitors get worried, it is important to state that these are precautionary measures by some services related to tourism, however, it is important to bear in mind that there are still trains to Machu Picchu. The historical Inca site is business as usual, and flights are leaving on schedule as normal. Access to the car park at the airport has been restricted as a precautionary measure, but tourism is otherwise unaffected.
Peaceful Protest in Huancayo
Protests in Peru should be viewed as an integral part of the democratic fabric rather than a threat to social stability. They reflect the exercise of constitutional rights and the determination of citizens to actively participate in shaping their society. By dispelling misconceptions and emphasizing the non-violent nature of these demonstrations, we can foster a better understanding and appreciation for the power of organized protests as a force for positive change in Peru. It is quite possible that the violent demonstrations of December and January are still in the minds of the international media, and today's protest has been authorized by the authorities and has taken the form of a peaceful march in some regions of Peru. Cusco, for example, which is Peru's most touristed city, has been largely unaffected and should not deter you from traveling to this largely peaceful region or the country.
Sometimes the fear of violence can overshadow the actual events in Peru, however, we can assure you that Peru is still safe to travel for tourists. It is also important to mention that the recent "state of emergency" declared, is also precautionary. This measure gives the police more rights to maintain the peace in the event of violence, and there may be a higher police presence, however, these measures are completely precautionary and there has been no violence on a national level due to these political protests. Visitors can be sure that their trip to Peru will not be affected and these measures are to make sure that tourists and locals can go about their day business without being affected. Please let us know if you have any concerns about today's protests in Peru.