SYDNEY – Dozens of Peruvians protested on Tuesday in front of the iconic Sydney Opera House against presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori, five days ahead of the elections in Peru and on the anniversary of the so-called “self-coup” by her father, Alberto Fujimori, who in 1992 shut down the legislative and judiciary powers.
The protests began with about 30 people carrying banners that read: “Fujimori nunca mas” (Fujimori never again) and “Keiko no va” (Fujimori won’t do).
Participants planned to light candles in memory of those disappeared during the dictatorship at the end of the day.
Organizer Laura Luna explained to EFE that the protest was held “in solidarity with Peruvians who have been victims of the dictatorship of Alberto Fujimori, and the people in general.”
Keiko Fujimori “represents the regime of her father,” she added.
The protest in Sydney joins those organized in Peru by the platform “Keiko no va” made up of the Peruvian National Coordinator for Human Rights and the social movements “No a Keiko” (No to Keiko) and “Colectivo dignidad” (Collective Dignity).
Luna, a prominent defender of human rights in Australia, is the daughter of Leonor Zamora Concha, who was killed on Dec. 21, 1991 by Fabio Urquizo Ayma, a member of the intelligence service of the Peruvian army.
Zamora Concha, who was the mayor of Huamanga between 1983 and 1985, in 1984 publicly accused soldiers stationed at a stadium in Huanta of the death of 50 residents of Ayacucho, whose bodies were found at a mass grave, according to a report by the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Former President Fujimori is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence.
Keiko Fujimori suspended election activities Tuesday faced with protests held in rejection of her candidacy and her father’s self-coup 24 years ago.