The head of the Ministry said that he will fight insecurity like the president of El Salvador, whose administration is accused of violating human rights.
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The Popular Force bench promotes a motion of censure against the Minister of the Interior. (Photo: Mininter)
The Minister of the Interior, Dimitri Senmache, assured that he will fight crime taking as reference the president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, whose management is accused of human rights violations.
“If God allows me to continue leading the Ministry of the Interior, I reiterate my commitment to the entire country to reduce insecurity rates. As in El Salvador, and taking President Nayib Bukele as a reference, we are going to fight crime and win this war”, he said last Saturday.
Senmache's statements take place in a context in which a sector of Congress seeks to censor him for the escape of former minister Juan Silva and the permanence as fugitives of Bruno Pacheco and Fray Vásquez, former secretary of the presidential office and nephew of President Pedro Castillo, respectively.
Congressman Edward Malaga, from the Purple Party, yesterday rejected these statements on Twitter: “Taking Bukele as a reference is endorsing massive violations of human rights and freedom of the press by an authoritarian, populist government with links to the gangs.” >
Málaga recalled that, last April, Prime Minister Aníbal Torres praised the German dictator Adolf Hitler, the cause of the greatest genocide in history.
Meanwhile, former Interior Minister Óscar Valdés considered that Senmache is trying to take advantage of a popular demand: the fight against citizen insecurity.
For 44% of Peruvians, crime and lack of security is the second biggest problem facing the country, according to an Ipsos-El Comercio survey conducted last May.
“But you cannot say, all of a sudden, I am going to apply this or that procedure, especially in a country where human rights have already been violated” , Valdés recalled.
Meanwhile, General (r) Eduardo Pérez Rocha, former director of the National Police of Peru, considered that Senmache's statements are dangerous and show that “he is trying to survive”, but that he does not have a plan to fight insecurity.
On the other hand, Valdés and Pérez Rocha agreed that Senmache should be censured by Congress for being politically responsible for ex-minister Silva's escape.
“He hides behind documents and alerts that the prosecution may have given him, but the truth is that he, as Minister of the Interior I knew that this man [Juan Silva] was being involved in malicious acts and it was very clear that he was going to escape,” Valdés said.
Pérez Rocha added that the escape of a former minister accused of alleged criminal organization makes Senmache's permanence in office untenable.