Thousands March Against Fujimori in Lima Before Election Runoff

  • Supporters of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski joined march in capital
  • Fujimori has slight lead in polls ahead of Sunday’s election

Peruvian voters opposed to presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori took to the streets of downtown Lima as they sought to rally support for rival Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in Sunday’s election.

Among the thousands that took part in the Tuesday evening march were Veronika Mendoza, who finished third in a first round of voting in April, and Avelino Guillen, Kuczynski’s anti-corruption advisor. Mendoza on Monday for the first time called for her supporters to vote for Kuczynski to prevent a Fujimori victory. Julio Guzman, who was excluded from the presidential race in March, also took part in the demonstration.

An Ipsos poll published Sunday showed Fujimori slightly ahead even after the second-highest official in her Fuerza Popular party, Joaquin Ramirez, quit this month after a TV news report alleged that the Drug Enforcement Administration had him under investigation for suspected money laundering. He denies any wrongdoing. Victor Gonzalez, who attended the march with his wife and son, said he’s heard other members of Fujimori’s party have ties to drug trafficking and will be voting for Kuczynski, who’s known as PPK.

“I voted for Veronika in the first round but now my vote is for PPK. I don’t have a choice,” Gonzalez said.

Fujimori’s father, Alberto, is serving sentences for corruption and authorizing death squads during his 1990 to 2000 government. Fujimori’s critics say she’s not done enough to distance herself from her father’s misdeeds while her supporters say she’ll be tougher on crime and do more to help the poor than her rival.

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