Lima (AFP) – The Peru Constitutional Court has ordered the destruction of a wall separating a wealthy Lima neighbourhood from a poor one, finding it “discriminatory.”
In 2018, a private person argued for the demolition of the 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) wall, which in some places is over two metres (6.5 feet) high and topped with barbed wire.
It is referred to as the “Wall of Shame.”
In the 1980s, a portion of the wall was constructed under the guise of safeguarding the wealthy area of La Molina from the Shining Path guerilla group, a terrorist organisation in Peru.
In the 2000s, however, after the organisation had been crushed, the wall was expanded, reportedly to deter unlawful land possession.
During the 1980s and 1990s, migration from Andean regions to the capital led to the large urbanisation of hills on the outskirts of Lima.
Thousands escaped the brutality of the Shining Path, while others sought employment.
Judge Gustavo Gutierrez told RPP radio on Thursday, “We have unanimously decided that the wall between La Molina and Villa Maria del Triunfo (an poor community) must come down.”
“This wall is discriminatory… We cannot split Peruvians into socioeconomic classes. This is inadmissible and no longer occurs elsewhere in the world “the judge added.
The court imposed a demolition deadline of 180 days for the wall.