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"The original aim of the protest is not likely to be achieved"
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Thursday, 27 July, 2000, 14:48 GMT 15:48 UK
Peru's Fujimori vows to keep control
Peru demos
Demonstrators are planning three days of protests
Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori has vowed to maintain law and order on the streets of Lima during his inauguration ceremony on Friday.

Opposition leader Alejandro Toledo has called for three days of protest against what he has called Mr Fujimori's "illegitimate government".

Thousands began demonstrating on Wednesday, and security remains tight in the city with more than 30,000 police deployed on the streets.

Mr Fujimori secured a third term as president following the May elections but Mr Toledo pulled out of the poll alleging widespread fraud and voter intimidation.

Alejandro Toledo
Alejandro Toledo: Leading opposition campaign
As well as stepping up the police presence, authorities have also declared a no-fly zone above Lima.

Opposition officials say this will stop reporters and international monitors observing the protests from helicopters.

'State of siege'

Peruvian cable TV has shown pictures of the security services stopping and detaining vehicles taking people to join the protests from outside Lima.

"We are practically under a state of siege," said Mr Toledo.

Home made gas mask
Ready for the riot police: A protester in a home-made gas mask
"Hundreds upon hundreds of people are being detained in various parts of the country."

Reports say the authorities manning the posts removed bus licence plates, preventing them from continuing, and detained people on board, in some cases arresting them.

The protest has been named the "March of the Four Suyos" - a reference to the far reaches of the ancient Inca Empire.

PM nominated

On Wednesday, President Fujimori named a former opposition presidential candidate as his prime minister.

Some correspondents believe his nomination of Federico Salas, who ran against him in May, is intended to ease criticism of his government.

President Alberto Fujimori
President Fujimori hopes his prime minister will improve his popularity
Mr Fujimori described Mr Salas as "widely respected" and "renowned for his dedication for the fight against poverty and also the fight for [government] decentralisation".

There was widespread international condemnation following May's election. International monitors declared the election unfair and withdrew from observing the final vote.

Since then, pressure on Mr Fujimori seems to have eased.

Earlier this week, the US ambassador in Lima, John Hamilton, said Washington was considering resuming the provision of $42m aid and development money.

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