These were blatant executions, and the fact that almost every protester who died for months was a racial minority shot in or around the vital organs is not a coincidence. Peru must launch a genuine investigation into this matter and clean up its security forces, an institution with a clear history of racial bias and complete disregard for human life.
While racial and class divisions are certainly part of Peru's current crisis, the issues the country faces today all boil down to a long history of government corruption. The upper-middle-income nation sustains a 30% poverty rate because politicians, through nothing other than their greed, divert public funds away from the state and put them in their pockets. Worrying about racism, while noble, won't tackle the real reason people are taking to the streets, which is a lack of economic opportunity for large swaths of the nation.