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Thousands March in Peru to Protest against Keiko Fujimori's Candidacy

LIMA - A large march took place today in the historic center of Lima to protest against the candidacy of Keiko Fujimori, daughter of imprisoned former President Alberto Fujimori and frontrunner in recent polls released ahead of the second presidential election round on June 5.

The demonstration under the slogan 'No to Keiko' brought together thousands of people demanding democracy and peace in the country, five days ahead of the second electoral round.

The 'Keiko No Va' campaign called for the national and international marches through social networks and marched through the main squares and avenues of downtown Lima and in some cities abroad.

Among participants in the march were the leftist Broad Front alliance with its leader Veronika Mendoza and the centrist former presidential candidate Julio Guzman.

"Across the length and breadth of the country, thousands of citizens are demonstrating," Mendoza told the journalists adding that her country "has a memory and dignity and will not allow the 'Fujimorism' to rule again.

Keiko Fujimori's opponent Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced he supported the protest, but would not attend as he is the rival candidate.

Shortly before the demonstration began, Keiko Fujimori, 41, reminded journalists that Kuczynski supported her presidential candidacy five years ago, when she lost the election to the current president Ollanta Humala.

"Five years ago he supported my candidacy, today he joins the protest against us," said the candidate.

According to the latest opinion polls, Fujimori leads Kuczynski by more than 4.4 percentage points.

 

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