Of Quebecers live hours agonizing Peru

Des Québécois vivent des heures angoissantes au Pérou

Quebecers are afraid of getting stuck for weeks in Peru because of the repatriation operation “chaotic” of the canadian authorities, while measures of peru, to counter the spread is gaining in severity.

The peruvian State has enacted a complete closure of its borders two weeks ago, with the exception of the few flights that would allow countries to repatriate their citizens. On Saturday, the government announced that any military or police would be exempt from criminal responsibility if he killed or hurt someone in the course of his duties.

“Sorry “, ” chaotic “, ” disgusting “, “fiasco” : the repatriation program canadian wipers of harsh criticism of nationals quebecers who lose hope when the situation has been escalating in Peru.

Hundreds of travellers returning to the country have not seen that three planes be made to bring them back to Canada.

“The Russians, the Americans, the Israelis are gone. The only ones that remain, it’s the Canadians, ” says Joel Martinez, Verdun, stuck with his girlfriend, Joelle Mexico, to Mancora, a fifteen-hour drive from Lima.

“A lottery” to return

If the return flights are scarce, the seats onboard these aircraft are all the same. Travellers must register online, after which an access code is sent to them in the days preceding the departure.

“The system is like a lottery “, shows Mr. Martinez. The reception at random times, subject to the reliability of the internet network and devices each, rising to as much the randomness of this quest for the return ticket.

“It is really those who are going to more quickly have the seats. In ten minutes, the flight is full. If you’re not fast enough on the pad, it is impossible to get a place, ” says Leo Bermond, 21-year-old native of Gatineau.

“At this rate, one or two flights per week, we will still be here at the end of the month of April “, is worried about Nathalie Rheault, which is located in Cusco, a 20-hour drive from Lima.

“Not knowing is the worst. And do make false hopes by his embassy, it is even worse, ” judge Gabrielle Turbide, 23 years.

Gabrielle Turbide and his buddy, Pierre-Olivier Déry, are stuck in Peru.

Last chances

Beyond the hiccups and the slowness of the process, the canadian nationals are concerned that their return in the short term, is rendered impossible if the situation continues to worsen in South America.

For travellers such as Joel Martinez and Joelle Boily, this is a race against the clock also means having to make an hours drive to reach Lima in time. They start this morning their final attempt, a course uncertain to about 15 hours. “If we do not succeed, we are going to be taken here for months,” resign Joel Martinez.

The member of parliament for Beauport–Limoilou, Julie Vignola, adds that the federal system has also dropped travellers in which return should have been a priority, either seniors or people with health problems. “It’s going to have a great look to do on our action, our contingency plans in the event of repatriation,” said the elected bloquiste.

The situation of Canadians in Peru

  • 5625 Canadians have enrolled in the program of repatriation
  • 3 flights of repatriation have been made up to now
  • 2 flights are scheduled for this week

The forces of order will have the right to shoot the offenders

The military and police peruvians who patrol to enforce the quarantine will now be more at risk if they injure or kill someone in ” self-defence “, authorities said Saturday.

“The personnel of the armed forces and the national police of Peru shall be exempted from any criminal liability in the exercise of the functions of constitutional […], in prescribed manner, cause of injury or death” of the offender, it is written in the law promulgated Saturday.

This is in addition to an isolation mandatory and a night-time curfew applied for two weeks. As of the date of Saturday, more than 26 000 people had already violated this directive from the government.

“Blank cheque”

Peru, which includes 671 people infected with the COVID-19 and 16 deaths, also highlights the presence of the military and police in many neighborhoods, have given many canadians the Journal.

If the soldiers stationed in the streets appear nice for many, it remains that the powers granted to them are enormous, judge, the criminal lawyer quebec Maxime Roy.

In the case where a soldier would a citizen in the situation referred to by the law, he would not have to undergo any trial. “It seems more like a blank cheque,” says Me Roy, pointing out that in Canada, self-defence is a defence and not a ground for exempting an individual of the charges.

“It raises a number of issues, not to say that it’s scary. It leaves free will to each member to choose what is reasonable or unreasonable force in the circumstances. It can vary greatly from one military to another. It can go from a simple warning to, what, take on the crowds to disperse ? “, issues of the lawyer as a hypothesis.

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