The Peruvian Prosecutor’s Office reported that the two people, including onen 16-year-old adolescent, who died this Wednesday in protests by agricultural workers in the northern region of La Libertad received gunshots.
The information was confirmed by the Virú provincial prosecutor, William Salinas, who pointed out that “the two victims of the agrarian strike, the minor under 16 and the adult at 28, died as consequence of a firearm projectile “, as indicated by the Public Ministry on Twitter.
These two deaths occurred after thousands of agricultural workers clashed with police officers who They tried to regain control of the North Pan-American Highway, which was blocked by protesters who reject the new agrarian law approved by Congress to try to solve the serious crisis that the sector has been facing since the protests began a month ago.
Shortly before this information, the Peruvian Prosecutor’s Office had reported, also on Twitter, that at the end of the autopsy of the two deceased it had been determined “that the minor deceased was notor has no projectile impact “ of firearm.
In that message, it was added that this was confirmed “unlike the other citizen who does have a wound on his thigh.”
Although the Prosecutor’s Office pointed out that “in order to make the investigations transparent and guarantee the objectivity, the procedure was in charge of the Legal Medical Division of the Public Ministry,” then deleted that message without offering any explanation.
Later, Salinas stated on Channel N television that, supposedly, one of his colleagues had given that wrong information to the internal information channels of the Public Ministry.
“Apparently, one of the prosecutors gave wrong information. I am the manager, and the real information is what I’m giving right now “, he remarked.
After this, the prosecutor explained that the bodies of both victims were subjected to autopsies since Thursday and that “in the case of the minor, it was determined that he died from a bullet in and out “.
“The 28-year-old had a lead projectile removed. The two people would have killed by bullet impact “, he said.
Peruvian farmers began a series of protests a month ago in the north and south of the country against the previous law of the agro-export sector, which they considered “exploitative”, and which led to blockades of the Pan-American highway and clashes with riot control agents of the National Police.
In one of those clashes a young laborer died, also by a gunshot, in the La Libertad region, which led Congress to repeal the previous agrarian law and approve a new one last Tuesday.
However, this new labor regime is rejected by a sector of farmers in the north of the country, who demand that a 30% economic bonus on your minimum wage, it is considered part of your wages to also improve the rest of your employment benefits.
Peru’s agribusiness sector multiplied its income in recent years from a few hundred million to about 6,000 million dollars annually thanks to products of great international demand such as blueberries, asparagus or artichokes.
Dialogue in the north
After the other two deaths occurred in the town of Chao on Wednesday, the government announced a investigation to punish those responsible, while invoking the farmers to end the blockade to start a dialogue with their leaders.
In this regard, the Prosecutor’s Office reported that the road has already been released “And free transit has been guaranteed”, while 15 people who are detained testified before a prosecutor at the headquarters of the Police of the city of Trujillo.
The Public Ministry also reported that, after a tour of the hospitals in the area, it registered that 42 policemen were injured, although without being serious, during the confrontations.
This Friday, the Ministers of Labor, Javier Palacios; Agrarian Development, Federico Tenorio, and Tourism, Claudia Cornejo, started a dialogue table with workers’ leaders and parliamentarians from the La Libertad region.
Despite the fact that at the end of the meeting the ministers announced that a series of agreements will be implemented in the following weeks, several of the peasant leaders complained that at the meeting “The issue of remuneration was not included” and even one of them stated that there was no “will for dialogue”.