Silver 2021 / Editorial / Conflict

Presidential Vacancy

  • Photographer
    Ernesto Benavides
  • Agency / Studio
    Agence France Presse
  • Prizes
    Gold in Editorial/Political, Silver in Editorial/Conflict

Peru saw its greatest political instability in 20 years in mid-November, with three presidents coming into power over the course of little more than a week, resulting in massive protests throughout the country. On 9 November, the Peruvian national congress impeached President Martin Vizcarra. Crowds began to gather at Plaza San Martín in Lima in protest at Congress’s move, spawning demonstrations in other parts of the country. In Lima, two people were killed and more than 100 were injured in violent clashes with police. Manuel Merino resigned on 15 November.