Peru: Cesar Acuña pegged with eggs at campaign event

Photo credit: El Comercio / Paul Vallejos

Hecklers threw eggs at presidential candidate Cesar Acuña on a campaign stop in Peru’s Ayacucho state.

As Acuña and a group of supporters marched through the streets of Huanta, the presidential candidate in a statistical tie for second place was hit with an egg thrown from the second floor of a nearby house.

“Omar Quesada’s brother threw the eggs at me,” Acuña told El Comercio, referring to the APRA secretary general and former mayor of Huanta. “I will name names. But despite that egging, there will be more votes than toasted corn,” Acuña added, alluding to his “money like corn” tagline.

Acuña had just arrived to Huanta via helicopter in the city’s stadium before  proceeding to the downtown plaza, where he was introduced by retired military general Edwin Donayre.

Acuña vowed to hire 5,000 people into government jobs every year in order to take part in the country’s development. Acuña also promised to launch state programs to train and promote the production and export of key products like avocado.

“We will invest the $5.8 billion in the state coffers to boost the economy,” Acuña said.

Omar Quesada denied Acuña’s accusation that his brother threw the egg.

Peru’s general elections are scheduled for April 10, 2016.


Acuña promete incorporar a 5 mil jóvenes por año al sector público (Andina)

César Acuña: le lanzaron un huevo durante recorrido en Huanta (El Comercio)

Quesada: “Que Acuña demuestre que mi hermano le tiró un huevo” (El Comercio)

  • IMO, these actions do not seem to be a typical response to a politician in Peru. This egg throwing incident would be more traditional in gringo countries.

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