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Health Workers Hold a Walk for a Culture of Peace in Pisco
an article by El Peruano

Pisco, Peru, Oct. 19 (ANDINA). Workers from the Post Offices, Health Centers and the hospital San Juan de Dios de Pisco, in the department of Ica, participated today in a walk to promote the culture of peace between the inhabitants of this southern jurisdiction.

ANDINA/Archivo/Jack Ramón

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The mobilization began at 10:00 in front of the hospital and then went to the plaza of Armas de Pisco, the boulevard and avenue San Martin, among other sectors, until arriving at the district of San Andres, where it culminated.

“In Pisco we registered 560 cases of family violence in the past year; while between January and July of this year we already got 670. It is urgent that we sensitize the population on the subject”, said to Mendiola White Lopez, director of the hospital San Juan de Pisco. Cases of family violence include aggressions between the parents, by parents to children, and even by children to their parents, she explained to Agencia Andina.

According to the figures, since the earthquake of August 15, 2007, the city of Pisco has become more violent, suggesting that the impact of the disaster was not only on the city's infrastructure, but also on the psychology of the population.

Participants in the walk, estimated as 300 persons, carried white poles and posters with messages on the importance of mental health. They were accompanied by music played by a school band.

“As institutions concerned with the health of the people, we are responsible to promote peace as well as physical and mental health, and we demand that violence should not be an everyday occurrence,” expressed Mendiola.

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How effective are mass protest marches?,

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I have two comments about this report.  The first is on the question about the effectiveness of mass protest marches.  

Recalling the effectiveness of mass protest marches in the 1978 Iranian Revolution, I looked it up on a search engine and found the following account of the revolution's climax"

  "In November, the Shah turned the government into a military government in order to force strikers back to work. But the worst, everyone knew, was about to come. The month of Muhurram was approaching, the month in which Shi'ites traditionally celebrate the martyrdom of Husayn. It is a passionate and highly religious month, and since the protests against the Shah were largely religious in nature, everyone knew that the country was on the verge of exploding.

  Muhurram began on December 2 with demonstrations, and these demonstrations would continue all throughout the month. They were massive, in the millions, and it was clear that the demonstrators, not the government, was in charge. . ...more.

This report was posted on October 31, 2011.