Correspondent in Lima
The Peruvian Prosecutor’s Office will investigate the torture and kidnapping at the hands of the Luis Fernando Araujo Enriquez, 24, who was arrested during protests against the interim government of Manuel Merino, that lasted 5 days at the head of the presidency.
Araujo’s lawyer, Rocío Meza, said this Thursday that Araujo was detained during the protest last Saturday in Lima by 4 policemen in civilian clothes called in Peru as “ternas” and that he was captured by 4 people in civilian clothes.
“(Luis) was forcibly taken into a vehicle with his eyes covered while they pointed him at the temple. Then they put him in a windowless room with only a chair and left him without eating or drinking. At night they played audios of his phone recorded by his mother to make fun of him, “explained the lawyer.
After the speech yesterday, Tuesday, by President Francisco Sagasti, who succeeded the fallen Manuel Merino, the police said that there was a lot of publicity about him and for that reason, he was released.
«I think your case got too much publicity in the media. We are going to let you go because you are of no use to us, “said lawyer Rocío Meza, during a press conference held today in Lima.
For his part, the Executive Secretary of the National Coordinator of Human Rights, Jorge Bracamonte called for the removal of the director general of the police as well as the head of the seventh police region.
“The police command must step aside, if they continue, the lives of young people will continue to be in danger,” said Bracamonte.
The Human Rights Coordinator, together with other organizations, also requested that the State covers 100 percent of medical and rehabilitation expenses of the protesters who were affected by the police, that the “terna” group be deactivated and that a comprehensive reform of the police be carried out.
On November 9, Congress removed the president Martin Vizcarra for an alleged case of bribery when he was the regional governor of Moquegua when carrying out an irrigation work; This triggered a wave of nationwide protests against the regime of his successor, Manuel Merino, who was forced to resign 5 days later.
During the marches, the police repressed the demonstrators with firearms that fired glass marbles, rubber pellets and bullets; that there was excessive use of tear gas and that the march was infiltrated with “terna” police, according to the Peruvian newspaper “El Comercio.” They also reported that shots were fired at close range and protesters were detained for no reason.
The Office of the Attorney General has opened an investigation for the alleged crimes of abuse of authority, intentional homicide, serious injuries and enforced disappearance against former President Manuel Merino, former Prime Minister Ántero Flores-Aráoz and former Minister of the Interior Gastón Rodríguez for the police repression that caused the deaths of Bryan Pintado and Inti Sotelo.
According to the autopsy certificates, both young men were killed by multiple rounds of projectiles with firearms.
The balance according to the National Human Rights Coordinator is more than 200 injured and until today, one disappeared of the 41 reported people who have been released by the police or identified in the hospitals of Lima to which they arrived without identification.
The researcher at the Human Rights Institute of the Catholic University, Iris Jave, He told ABC that “one by one, the 41 people who have been reported missing do not exempt law enforcement from having committed the crime of threatening the freedom and personal safety of the victims.”
“During the illegitimate government of Manuel Merino we have seen the police violate the human rights of those Peruvians who came out to protest and for this reason a police reform is required because the police are traversed by the stigmatization of the protest and LGTBIQ, among others vulnerable groups, “he concluded.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the United Nations have sent missions to Lima to visit the wounded and speak with the families of the two students who died during the demonstrations as well as hold meetings with the Prosecutor’s Office, the police and various members of the government of the new president Francisco Sagasti.