Mass protests shake Peru
'We demand democracy'
TENS OF thousands of people joined protests in Peru last week in opposition to the inauguration of Alberto Fujimori as president. Fujimori "won" re-election as president earlier this year in a poll that many saw as rigged.
He has been in power for over a decade, and his rule is increasingly repressive. Millions of Peruvians live in dire poverty. Six people were killed and many injured as protesters in Peru's capital, Lima, clashed with police last week and burned down state buildings, including the state bank.
Opposition leader Alejandro Toledo has become the figurehead for the protest. Yet he is a former World Bank official who offers little real alternative to pro-market policies.