The shameful history disturbing Peru’s electionsWomen with red paint on their legs joined huge protests in Lima this week, to highlight the forced sterilisation of at least 300,000 Peruvians in the 1990s.
The abuses were overseen by former president Alberto Fujimori, whose daughter Keiko is now frontrunner in Sunday’s presidential elections.
Posted by The Guardian on Thursday, April 7, 2016
Alberto Fujimori, former President of Peru, is currently serving a 25-year sentence for the kidnappings and murders that took place during his regime. However, no one is paying for the forced sterilization of more than 300,000 indigenous women, which also happened while he was in power.
But there are thousands of women — daughters of the women the government tried to sterilize — speaking out. They’re doing so by protesting in the streets of Lima with their legs covered in red paint and screaming, “We are the women of the indigenous that you couldn’t sterilize!” According to the survivors of the sterilizations, the government denied food and treatment if they didn’t follow through with the procedure. And any current attempts to investigate the abuse have been stalled.
What’s more is that the protests are taking place ahead of the presidential elections in which Keiko Fujimori, daughter of the former president, is the frontrunner. Sadly, she has denied the magnitude of the abuse, saying that there were only a few hundred women forced to be sterilized.
Watch the video above to learn more about the forced sterlizations in Peru.
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