PERU

Thousands protest pardoning of Peru's ex-president Alberto Fujimori

Thousands of Peruvians continued to protest the pardon handed to former president Alberto Fujimori by the current head of state, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, in Lima, Peru’s capital, on Monday. People who suffered at the hands of Fujimori’s regime said they felt betrayed. One woman said that the pardoning represents a mockery for those who believed in Kuczynski. “Fujimori is the most corrupt president that our country has said and destroyed democracy,” she said. Police clashed with protesters as police used tear gas to disperse the crowds. Meanwhile, Fujimori’s supporters gathered outside the hospital where he is being treated for low blood pressure after being moved there from jail, where he was serving a 25-year prison sentence. Many people believe a deal was struck between Fujimori’s family and Kuczynski.