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Media Roundtable: What's behind the anti-government protests in Peru?

huancayo protests, 9 December 2022
huancayo protests, 9 December 2022

On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we discuss the ongoing anti-government protests in Peru following the ouster of Peruvian President Pedro Castillo. As Mitra Taj reports in today’s New York Times, the protests have been led largely by Indigenous, rural and poorer Peruvians fed up with what they portray the country’s dysfunctional political system and entrenched discrimination.

More than 50 people have been killed and hundreds have been injured. Human rights groups accuse police and soldiers of using excessive force, including live ammunition and dropping tear gas from helicopters, according to Reuters.


Mitra Taj, independent reporter based in Lima

Web Resources:

The New York Times, Mitra Taj: ‘We Have to Come Here to Be Seen’: Protesters Descend on Lima

The Christian Science Monitor: Peru protests highlight rural-urban divides – and a desire to belong

NACLA: Peru: The Country of Failed Transitions

Malihe Razazan is the senior producer of KALW's daily call-in program, Your Call.
Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.