Tens of thousands of people took to the streets Wednesday in Lima, capital city of Peru, to protest against a Congress' attempt to impeach Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. The protest occurred one day before the impeachment vote.
But protesters differed in their opinions about the legitimacy and genuine intention of the imminent impeachment which forces to hang in balance the future of the 79-year-old president along with that of Peruvians in their millions.
What protesters of either camps could agree for one was corruption-ridden congress and state establishment.
Organized by several non-government organizations, the largest-ever rally was held as an attempt to oppose once again corruption that has been haunting the South American country.
Protesters gathered on the Saint Martin square to vent their anxiety and anger on the corruption inside the Congress which has contributed to the impeachment.
Many protesters were targeting former presidential candidate, Keiko Fujimori, who was beaten by Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in the 2016 presidential race. This losing candidate was believed to have initiated the impeachment.
"The opposition wanted to sack the president without a legal procedure. What we want is to put the president to investigation by the General Attorney's Office instead of a trial by that pro-Fujimori and mafia-like congress," said one protester Teresa, hinting at the congressional opposition which itself has been stuck in knee-deep corruption scandals for a long time.
There were more general protesters who were targeting all four presidential candidates with corruption allegations.
"If Kuczynski is found to be guilty, Peru should hold a snap presidential election, for the sake of the Peruvians and democracy of the country," said another protester, Yoni.
Protesters like Yoni believed it should be the legal systems of their country rather than the opposition-controlled congress that could decide the fate of their country.
Municipal authorities had to resort to extra law-enforcers to keep order of the capital city.
Police had to use tear gas canisters to disperse some protesters who tried to force their ways onto the Congress building.
Protesters are reportedly to continue their rallies on Thursday when the Congress initiates the impeachment.
The opposition party accuses Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of having lied about his business links with scandal-plagued Brazilian construction firm, Odebrecht. The sitting president has admitted that a company he owned did do business with Odebrecht more than 10 years ago, including a period during which he held public offices.
But Pedro Pablo Kuczynski claims he was not running the company at the time and denies any wrongdoing.