Peru Protests: Monuments Left Alone as They're Protected With Plastic & Fabrics

World | Associated Press | December 10, 2020, 2:57 pm
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 Attacked in other countries during social and political protests, historical monuments and statues in Peru's capital came out of recent street demonstrations practically intact. Peru plunged into turmoil in early November when Congress voted to oust President Martín Vizcarra. Protesters filled the streets, decrying the move as a parliamentary coup, and some clashed with the police. After a week, there were two protesters dead and more than 200 injured. But monuments were practically spared, in part because they were protected with plastic or fabrics, but also because they were not targeted by protesters.<br /><br />In this photo, A bronze statue of an Andean farmer with two bulls ploughing the land is wrapped in plastic, located on the Paseo de Los Heroes boulevard in Lima, Peru. (Image: AP)
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Attacked in other countries during social and political protests, historical monuments and statues in Peru's capital came out of recent street demonstrations practically intact. Peru plunged into turmoil in early November when Congress voted to oust President Martín Vizcarra. Protesters filled the streets, decrying the move as a parliamentary coup, and some clashed with the police. After a week, there were two protesters dead and more than 200 injured. But monuments were practically spared, in part because they were protected with plastic or fabrics, but also because they were not targeted by protesters.

In this photo, A bronze statue of an Andean farmer with two bulls ploughing the land is wrapped in plastic, located on the Paseo de Los Heroes boulevard in Lima, Peru. (Image: AP)

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 A sculpture of a lioness outside the Palace of Justice is wrapped in plastic in Lima, Peru. (Image: AP)
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A sculpture of a lioness outside the Palace of Justice is wrapped in plastic in Lima, Peru. (Image: AP)

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 The monument of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, a mestizo chronicler of the 16th century, is wrapped in a piece of green fabric, in Lima, Peru. (Image: AP)
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The monument of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, a mestizo chronicler of the 16th century, is wrapped in a piece of green fabric, in Lima, Peru. (Image: AP)

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 A bust of Fermin Diez Canseco, a military hero who fought in the War of the Pacific War, is seen wrapped in black plastic, on the Paseo de Los Heroes boulevard in Lima, Peru. (Image: AP)
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A bust of Fermin Diez Canseco, a military hero who fought in the War of the Pacific War, is seen wrapped in black plastic, on the Paseo de Los Heroes boulevard in Lima, Peru. (Image: AP)

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 The statue of a lion that sits at the main entrance of the Palace of Justice is wrapped in plastic, in Lima, Peru. (Image: AP)
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The statue of a lion that sits at the main entrance of the Palace of Justice is wrapped in plastic, in Lima, Peru. (Image: AP)

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 A sculpture of an eagle that sits in front of Justice Palace is wrapped in plastic, in Lima, Peru. (Image: AP)
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A sculpture of an eagle that sits in front of Justice Palace is wrapped in plastic, in Lima, Peru. (Image: AP)

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 A bronze sculpture of four llamas is wrapped in plastic near the Palace of Justice in Lima, Peru. (Image: AP)
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A bronze sculpture of four llamas is wrapped in plastic near the Palace of Justice in Lima, Peru. (Image: AP)

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 A monument to Argentine hero José de San Martín, who proclaimed the independence of Peru from the Spanish viceroyalty in 1821, is protected with cloth in the main square of Lima, Peru. (Image: AP)
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A monument to Argentine hero José de San Martín, who proclaimed the independence of Peru from the Spanish viceroyalty in 1821, is protected with cloth in the main square of Lima, Peru. (Image: AP)

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 The bottom half of a sculpture of a woman that represents autumn is wrapped in plastic, in Lima, Peru. (Image: AP)
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The bottom half of a sculpture of a woman that represents autumn is wrapped in plastic, in Lima, Peru. (Image: AP)

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 A statue of Peruvian theologian Jorge Dintilhac, founder of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, sits wrapped in plastic in Lima. (Image: AP)
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A statue of Peruvian theologian Jorge Dintilhac, founder of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, sits wrapped in plastic in Lima. (Image: AP)

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