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The threat of ‘La Resistencia’: What crimes are they committing and what should the PNP and the prosecution do?

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A new act of violence. Members of the far-right group calling itself ‘The resistance‘ arrived yesterday outside the home of journalist Jaime Chincha to insult him and even put his family and Miraflores residents at risk.

The members of the extremist group carried banners with insulting phrases and launched various accusations against the RPP journalist. Neighbors filmed the scandal caused by the subjects who shouted in the street.

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In a statement, RPP urged the authorities to put an end to these violent acts. “The members of The resistance, who have been acting for months intimidating citizens in their homes, are fully identified. We must not wait for the violence to escalate and for this group to continue acting with impunity”, indicated the medium.

Harassment and attacks on politicians, officials and journalists. These elements are the basis of the actions of ‘The resistance‘ in recent years. Despite its repeated violent interventions and the investigation that began in September of last year, this group continues to act with impunity.

The Resistance is an extreme right-wing group known for harassing journalists and politicians in their homes.  (Photo: Twitter)
The Resistance is an extreme right-wing group known for harassing journalists and politicians in their homes. (Photo: Twitter)

This group became relevant in 2019 due to its closeness to those who were the main faces of the Fujimorist caucus, such as Rosa Bartra and Karina Beteta. In that year they offended politicians from other benches and prosecutors from the Lava Jato special team, such as José Domingo Pérez and Rafael Vela.

Last September, after another attack against the journalist Jaime Chincha, the then Minister of the Interior, Juan Carrasco, decided to open an investigation for alleged criminal organization.

What alleged crimes would they be committing?

Walter Palomino, professor of criminal law at the Universidad Científica del Sur, indicated that the different acts that the members of this extremist group would be committing in turn entail several possible legal consequences. He specified that obviously every citizen has the right to protest, but this does not have to interfere with the rights of other people.

They could claim that they are making use of their right to protest, but this has to be legitimate, that is, without causing the commission of any crime or affecting the rights of other people.”, he explained.

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Within the alleged crimes that he could be committing ‘The resistance‘, the expert argued that the most serious could be that of a criminal organization. “That is if it is verified that it is a group of people who in a permanent and organized manner are oriented to carry out serious crimes, such as adjustment and marking (that they follow other people for violent cases or injure them). The commission of a crime carries a fairly high penalty, between 8 and 15 years in prison,” detailed.

Another alleged crime that could be configured is that of apology, since on several occasions they have shown a speech in order to promote acts of violence and aggression. In this case, the penalty would range from 1 to 4 years in prison.

The modality of harassment would also be committed in the event that this group continuously harasses or harasses another person, to the point that it does not allow them to carry out their daily lives. “For example, what happened against Chincha, if this occurs or has occurred repeatedly before, could constitute harassment, without the need for an attack against health or injury. Harassment could also happen virtually, through messages or using technological meansPalomino said.

This group became relevant in 2019 due to its closeness to those who were the main faces of the Fujimorist caucus, such as Rosa Bartra and Karina Beteta.
This group became relevant in 2019 due to its closeness to those who were the main faces of the Fujimorist caucus, such as Rosa Bartra and Karina Beteta.

Other alleged crimes that could be attributed to members of The resistance they are riots and defamation. The lawyer explained that the former assumes that under the guise of exercising their right to protest, they actually meet to carry out Criminal acts, such as attempting against the physical integrity of a person. Meanwhile, the second, the members of the extremist group would fall into defamation if they begin to insult certain individuals by spreading notoriously false information.

Given what is happening, what should happen is that the police necessarily intervene. Let the PNP be the one to report these events to the prosecutor’s office and the latter, in turn, initiate a preliminary investigation to be able to identify the people who carry out these acts. Within the framework of a process, the most opportunePalomino commented.

Likewise, the criminalist specified that for the prosecution to initiate a preliminary proceeding, the first thing to do is evaluate the fact and then set a deadline. “Usually, when it comes to several crimes or several people, this term is longer, due to the complexity of the case. It could be that the investigation is being extended”, he added.

Until December of last year it was known that the members of ‘The resistance’ they were investigated in three different criminal prosecutor’s offices in Lima for alleged crimes against public tranquility to the detriment of the National Elections Jury (in the Third Criminal Provincial Office of the Second Corporate Criminal Prosecutor’s Office of Cercado de Lima – Breña – Rímac – Jesús María), alleged crime against public tranquility to the detriment of former President Francisco Sagasti, alleged crime of minor injuries and disturbances to the detriment of Yohny Lescano (both in the Third Provincial Criminal Office of the First Corporate Criminal Prosecutor’s Office of Santiago de Surco – Barranco); and the alleged crime of harassment against lawyer Carlos Rivera Paz and another person (Second Provincial Criminal Office of the First Corporate Criminal Prosecutor’s Office of San Isidro – Lince).

El Comercio requested information from the Public Ministry on the progress of the investigations, but at the end of the note we did not receive a response.

Added to all this is the fact that last September, the then Minister of the Interior, Juan Carrasco, announced that he had ordered the initiation of investigations into an alleged criminal organization against the group, “whose members have repeatedly threatened and harassed various citizens and public officials of the Peruvian State”. There is no news about this either.

Chronology of violent events

Between June-July 2021:

During this period, members of ‘The resistance’ took several streets of the Historic Center of Lima in order to reach the Government Palace and protest against the “electoral fraud” and the “lack of transparency” which, according to them, would have taken place in the elections held on June 6.

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That time, during their passage they not only caused material damage, such as that recorded in some restaurants in the Olaya Passage, located near the Plaza Mayor, they also attacked journalists, cameramen and photojournalists from different media outlets; In addition, they attacked the official vehicle that mobilized the then Ministers of Health, Óscar Ugarte, and Housing, Solangel Fernández.

In addition, they carried out sit-ins in front of the homes of the president of the National Elections Jury (JNE), Jorge Salas Arenas; the head of the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE), Piero Corvetto; and the prosecutor of the Lava Jato Case, José Domingo Pérez, who leads the criminal investigation against Fujimori for money laundering.

September 2021:

People close to this radical group promoted a message on Twitter demanding that journalist Jaime Chincha be physically attacked and spread his address and personal data. In addition, a chat was revealed where the plan was intended to be carried out.

September 28, 2021:

Álvaro Subiria, one of the well-known members of ‘The resistance‘, starred in a violent event outside the Palace of Justice. According to witnesses, the subject who usually makes fascist-style greetings in his publications assaulted two women victims of forced sterilizations. As a result of this fact, in December 2021, the Judiciary granted protection measures to the aggrieved.

October 20, 2021:

Members of ‘The resistance’ They surrounded the Primera Parada bookstore in Barranco and insulted former President Francisco Sagasti during the presentation of his book “Imagine a better Peru and make it a reality.” Due to the violence and insecurity that it represented for those attending the event, it was suspended.

María Fernanda Castillo, director of the Planeta publishing house, said that Sagasti was going to speak with the writer Santiago Roncagliolo “in a rather apolitical night”, but that the event only lasted 10 minutes due to the irruption of the members of the aforementioned group.

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In addition, he pointed out that shouts were heard against Sagasti, whom they insulted and described as “murderer” and “terrorist.” Given this, Francisco Sagasti said that the violent acts perpetrated seriously undermine democracy and its institutions.

November 24, 2021:

Yonhy Lescano, a former presidential candidate, denounced that his family suffered an attack perpetrated by the far-right group. The former parliamentarian pointed out that about 30 people came to his home and attacked him with sticks, preventing him from closing his garage door. In addition, he said that some of his relatives were also attacked.

November 24, 2021:

Members of the group arrived at the facilities of the Crisol bookstore, located in the Gutiérrez oval, to try to boycott and interrupt the event of former congressman Daniel Olivares, who was presenting his book “Joder para transformacion”, accompanied by former parliamentarian Marisol Pérez Tello and the political scientist Eduardo Dargent.

According to what was recorded, at least 15 people – with banners and megaphones in hand – arrived and launched harangues against the president of the Council of Ministers, Mirtha Vásquez, who was originally going to participate in the presentation, but in the end did not arrive. In images captured by Penguin Random House, “The resistance” launched denigrating insults against former congressman Daniel Olivares and his book.

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