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After six nights of protests, interim president of Peru resigns



OperaMundi – Peruvian interim president Manuel Merino resigned from office on Sunday (15), after the death of two protesters during Saturday night’s protests, which marked the sixth consecutive day of demonstrations in the country.

Merino, then head of Parliament, had assumed the presidency on November 10, shortly after the impeachment of his predecessor, Martín Vizacrra, and would remain in office until the April 2021 general elections.

“I present my irrevocable resignation from the office of President of the Republic,” he declared in a speech to the nation. With only five days in office, Peru’s now former interim president was pressured to resign by the same Congress that brought him to power.

According to the Peruvian newspaper El Comercio, Merino will return to his position as parliamentarian, since he held the presidency of the country on an interim basis. Also according to the newspaper, Congress should meet to choose a new Board of Directors to decide the next president of Peru.

Delivery of positions

In the hours before the resignation, several ministers of the provisional government had already surrendered their positions because of the violence against protesters.

After Vizcarra’s ouster, thousands of people took to the streets of Lima to protest against Congress, which had already tried to pass an impeachment last September. On Saturday (14), the tension peaked with the death of two protesters due to the repression practiced by the police.

One of the dead is Inti Sotelo Camargo, 24, a hotel and tourism student who died in an emergency room in Lima. The victim’s father said the body had four marks of gunfire. The other dead was also a young student, Bryan Pintado Sánchez, 22.

“I deeply regret the deaths that occurred because of the repression by this illegal and illegitimate government. My condolences to the family of these civilian heroes who, exercising their right, went out in defense of democracy and in search of a better country, ”wrote Vizcarra on Twitter.

The former president was impeached on November 10, thanks to the votes of 105 of the 130 Peruvian deputies, who claimed Vizcarra’s “moral incapacity” for alleged bribes received when he was governor of Moquegua in 2011. The then president denied having received a bribe and said the accusations are not supported by the courts and prosecutors.

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Union denounces the death of 20 teachers by covid-19 after back to school in SP




São Paulo – The Union of Teachers of Official Education of the State of São Paulo (Apeoesp) held a demonstration today (4) denouncing the death of at least 20 teachers by covid-19 since the beginning of the return to school in the state of São Paulo Paulo. The entity also accounts for 1,861 confirmed cases of covid-19 in 850 schools. The protest took place in front of the State Department of Education of the government of João Doria (PSDB), after a motorcade through the streets of the capital of São Paulo. In addition to honoring these teachers, the act also called for an immediate suspension of classes until the new coronavirus pandemic is controlled in the state.

The demonstration began in the Masp free space, on Avenida Paulista. From there, the teachers went to the State Department of Education, at Praça da República. “It is unacceptable what the Doria government has been doing with teachers. Without closing schools, keeping thousands of teachers and staff and millions of students circulating every day, many in public transport, Doria and her Education Secretary reveal themselves as they are: enemies of life ”, said the president of Apeoesp and state deputy, Professor Bebel.

The Doria government has not released records of confirmed and suspected covid-19 cases in schools for two weeks. Much less if there was a death by covid-19 of teachers, students or other education workers. In the only balance sheet released on February 16, there were 741 confirmed cases and 1,133 suspected cases.


Although it claims that back to school amid the covid-19 pandemic is safe, the Doria government has restricted access to the Education Information and Monitoring System for Covid-19. With that, the governor leaves the assessment of the resumption of activities without any transparency. Only one server from each school can be registered and access the system, both to notify suspected or confirmed cases of the disease at school, and to monitor the general situation of the pandemic in the public school system.

The Secretary of State for Health of São Paulo, Jean Gorinchteyn, defended, on Tuesday (2), the closure of schools across the state due to the worsening of the pandemic of covid-19. He admitted that the increase in the circulation of people promoted by the return to school has contributed to the worsening of the transmission of the new coronavirus in recent weeks, as teachers and health experts have always said it would happen. Today, São Paulo has 17,802, with 9,910 in the ward and 7,892 in the ICU, the largest number in the entire pandemic.

“If we understand that people are threatened
against the virus, against the collapse (of the health system), we have to reevaluate
situations that could be avoided. One of them is the situation of the school. THE
The problem is not the school, but the movement of people. Teachers, students, parents
who take and bring their children. Even in public transport, the exposure that the
we end up putting people. At this point, it is worth noting that this
question of not having classes, ”said Gorinchteyn, in an interview with CBN radio.


In addition to the case records and the denunciation of the death of these teachers by covid-19, Apeoesp also highlights data from the Hospital do Servidor Público Estadual (HSPE) that shows the exhaustion of intensive care units (ICU) after returning to school. According to the internal bulletin of the HSPE, on Monday (1), the ICU occupancy for patients with covid-19 in the hospital is 95%. In wards, the occupation is 73%.

Yesterday, Doria announced that the entire state will enter the red quarantine phase for two weeks, starting on Saturday (6), due to the worsening of the covid-19 pandemic in São Paulo. However, he decided to keep the schools open. “Despite the restriction measures, state schools will continue to open their doors at the worst moment of the pandemic”, criticized Bebel, who guaranteed the continuation of the teachers’ strike, which started on February 8.

Teachers killed by covid-19 in São Paulo, according to a survey by Apeoesp:

Maria Inês Silva Frozel
Eda Balle Pulpato
Antonio Cesar Pereira
Cinthia Aparecida
Rodrigo Andrade
Regina Aparecida dos Santos Tomaz
Maria Soeiro
Maria Tereza Miguel Couto
Marcelo Shiroma
Antonio Cesar Pereira
Antônio Cesar Zenetti
Adriano Moraes
Ana Clara Macedo dos Santos
Paulo Henrique Camargo
Deolinda Scotti
Amauri Nicoletti
Guilherme Augusto de Oliveira Rebello
Luciani Andrade Serrão
Eliana Ferreira Boni
Luiz Roberto Oliveira

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