A supporter of the Peru Libre party and the virtual Peruvian president-elect, Pedro Castillo, died on Tuesday days after being attacked by Fujimori, when he was holding a sit-in in defense of the vote, the political group reported.
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The deceased was identified as Sacarías Meneses Taco, 56 years old, and died as a result of head injuries on June 24 outside the headquarters of the National Elections Jury (JNE).
“We regret to announce that our colleague Zacarías Meneses Taco from (the department of) Ayacucho has died,” said the Peru Libre party press office on its Twitter social network account.
“This is the result of the violent attacks by the Fujimori, the blows they inflicted on his head left him seriously injured. Rest in peace, partner, we will never forget you, “said the movement in its tweet.
Meneses Taco was injured after sides from Peru Libre and the right-wing Fuerza Popular party, which nominated Keiko Fujimori for president, collided while defending the vote.
We regret to announce that our comrade Zacarias Meneses Taco de Ayacucho has died, as a result of the violent attacks by the Fujimori, the blows they inflicted on his head left him seriously injured. Rest in peace mate, we will never forget you
– Free Peru – Press (@Perulibreprensa)
June 30, 2021
According to 100 percent of the tally sheets of the second electoral round, held on June 6, Castillo won the Peruvian presidency with 50,125 percent of the valid votes.
My condolences to the family of Sacarías Meneses, a hero of democracy, who has shown that constitutional rights are defended even with life. However, his death cannot go unpunished. I demand that the authorities investigate to find justice.
– Pedro Castillo Terrones (@PedroCastilloTe)
June 30, 2021
This is a difference of 44,058 votes over his opponent Fujimori, who obtained 49,875 percent, according to the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE).
However, the National Elections Jury (JNE) must still resolve a series of requests for annulment presented by Fuerza Popular, before proceeding with the proclamation of an elected president, who will govern during the five-year period 2021-2026.