Christ brings anything but peace and goodwill in Peru

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Christ brings anything but peace and goodwill in Peru

With its links to to a dodgy businessman and equally dirty ex-president, statue seen as symbol of corruption

AFP

A giant statue of Jesus Christ that looms over Lima is causing controversy in Peru because of its financing by the graft-tainted Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht and late ex-president Alan Garcia.

The 37m acrylic and concrete structure, which cost $800,000 (R11,2m), is viewed by some as a symbol of corruption, giving rise to a local nickname “Christ of Theft”. Thousands are demanding its removal.

A few weeks ago, the Es Momento (It’s Time) non-governmental organisation began a campaign to have the statue, which sits on the Chorrillos mountain to Lima’s south, taken down...

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