Under the motto, “el gobierno te miente. No te dejes” or the government is lying to you, don’t let it be, more than 10,000 people participated in the second march against the recent youth employment law passed by President Humala and the state
Since the inception of the law, debate has surrounded the new regimen employing youth, aged 18-24. However, the second march that culminates now in Parque Kennedy with more than 10,000 participants speaks for itself.
According to local media such as La Republica and El Comercio, youth and supporters against the measure, known as the pulpin law, began collecting this evening around 5:00 p.m. in the Plaza San Martin. From there the group made their way across barriers set out by Lima police, causing a 30 minute traffic block of Javier Prado, to Avenida Arequipa and ending at this very moment at Parque Kennedy in Miraflores.
Some wore scarves covering their head and face, telling La Republica they were for preventative measures against pepper spray. Protesters and police had minor confrontations at the first march and both sides had expressed the desire for evading any violence in the march tonight.
Interior Minister Daniel Urresti, however, prohibited any use of scarves, carrying of sticks or backpacks in manifestations after the confrontations experienced in the first youth march. He denounced those involved to ignite violence and gave orders to police to watch out for delinquents and possible Shining Path members. El Comercio reported that Urresti intended to walk and talk with the protesters, but instead chose to remain in his car.
Leading the march this evening were many figures including, congressmen Yonhy Lescano and Veronika Mendoza, journalist Claudia Cisneros, actor Jason Day, and about 7,000 policemen throughout the protest.
The march and those in protest are a diverse and colorful group, and tonight included the Solidarity Network of Workers of Peru, composed of independent unions in sectors such as trade, agriculture and textiles. Unions in this network are said to include Ripley, Topy Top, and Coca Cola. As well, many university students, professors, and concerned citizens joined the march this evening.
According to La Republica, many participating said the final destination for the march could lead to the National Confederation of Private Business (CONFIEP) tonight.
The second march began this evening and at the moment culminates in Parque Kennedy.