They were stuck on a bus that had been stationary for over twenty-four hours in a remote village in Peru due to a political protest after the attempted coup by former president Pedro Castillo. Today the four Italian girls, aged 21 to 33, three from Romagna and one from Florence, have been transferred to a hostel near the village. This is what Ansa has learned, which is in contact with sources familiar with the operation. The transfer, also confirmed by telephone by one of the girls, Giulia Opizzi, was made possible “thanks to the awareness campaign carried out by the Italian embassy with the Peruvian police”. Martina Meoni, Federica and Lorenza Zani are also with Opizzi. All proposed to leave Peru and move to Copacabana, the main Bolivian city on Lake Titicaca. Finally, it has been learned that there are currently about fifty Italian citizens on Peruvian territory, in much less complicated situations.
These were very difficult moments for the young women, who were forced to sleep and eat on local public transport with 50 other people on board. “We were going to Bolivia from Peru and we found ourselves in front of an earthen wall and demonstrators from villages where they still speak the ancient Peruvian language”.
The Italians: we are without a bathroom and we sleep on the bus
The Italian girls have been in Peru for about two weeks. They have been in the village of Checacupe for two days. On board the stopped bus there are 50 other people: Chileans, Americans, Colombians, Argentines, Japanese. In front of them is a line of several kilometers of vehicles lined up. “There are people who no longer have the money to eat, people who can’t go home, people who can’t get on a plane because it’s cancelled, children, ambulances can’t pass through and we have no toilets. The police do not exist because they are busy in the city” the Italians say. “We tried to talk to the demonstrators but they didn’t budge. Many people have no more money! There are those who leave money in the bathroom for those who need it. We sleep on the bus” conclude the girls.
A state of emergency has been declared in Peru
The Lima government has decided, in the face of the barricades placed on the country’s main communication routes by supporters of former president Pedro Castillo, to decree a state of emergency for the entire Peruvian road network, “in order to ensure the free movement of goods and people”. The Defense Minister of Peru, Alberto Otarola added: “A similar measure will also be adopted for the protection of airports, hydroelectric plants, factories, and in general for the main strategic infrastructures” underlining that “the situation is grave and worrying.”
Pedro Castillo’s preliminary detention expires today
Peru’s Attorney General has asked the Tribunal for Preliminary Investigations to grant 18 months of pre-trial detention to former President Pedro Castillo and former Prime Minister Aníbal Torres for alleged crimes of rebellion and conspiracy. Chief Prosecutor Uriel Terán believes he can gather sufficient evidence to open the trial concerning an attempted coup d’état carried out with the decision to dissolve Parliament, placing all organs of Peruvian justice in commission. For his part, Castillo invited his supporters to gather in large numbers in front of the Diroes state police building in the Ate district for “a big hug”.