- The Constitutional Court in Peru has ordered the demolition of a wall that separates a wealthy neighborhood from a poorer one, citing discrimination.
- Nicknamed the “Wall of Shame,” the court set a deadline of 180 days for the wall’s demolition, and the ruling is being praised as a rare victory for social equity.
- The wall, crowned with barbed wire, was ostensibly built in the 1980s to protect the wealthy neighborhood of La Molina from the Shining Path guerrilla group.
The Constitutional Court of Peru has ruled that the wall separating the wealthy neighborhood of La Molina from the poorer neighborhood of Villa Maria del Triunfo must be demolished, stating that it is discriminatory.
The wall, which is over 6.5 feet tall and topped with barbed wire in some parts, was originally constructed in the 1980s under the justification of protecting La Molina from the Shining Path guerrilla group.
However, in the 2000s, the wall was extended under the pretext of preventing illegal land occupation.
The court has given a deadline of 180 days for the demolition of the wall, which has been nicknamed the “Wall of Shame.”
The decision highlights the divide between the rich and the poor in Peru, with the judge stating that it is unacceptable to divide Peruvians by social class and that such segregation is no longer occurring anywhere else in the world.
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