The ongoing turmoil in Venezuela has provoked responses from politicians and private citizens all over the world– including Peru.
Andina news agency reports that Peruvian president Ollanta Humala took time out from his diplomatic tour of the Middle East to make an official statement on the state of affairs in Venezuela.
According to Andina, Humala called for the people of Venezuela to push for peace, “Because only in [peace]can we consolidate our democracies, build prosperity, and develop our nations.”
Humala also instructed Peruvian consular officials to do whatever was needed to help Peruvian nationals currently in Venezuela.
In Lima, protests have sprung up in front of the Venezuelan embassy. Andina reports that Chavista supporters (pro-government) activists as well as anti-government protesters were present. Police officers were on the scene to prevent violence.
Leaders of two of Peru’s prominent political parties, Peru Posible and El Partido Aprista Peruano, attended the protest in a show of solidarity with anti-government activists.
On Tuesday, Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez turned himself into police after a manhunt that lasted several days. Lopez has been taken to a military prison for detention. Human Rights Watch is denouncing his imprisonment as having political rather than substantial legal basis. President Humala calls for dialogue; Chavista and anti-government protesters congregate in front of Venezuelan embassy in Lima.