Linguistic (un)justice in Peru: Bellido’s Quechua speech and the linguistic violence towards indigenous language-speaking communities

Our collaborator Miryam Yataco, sociolinguist, educator and activist on linguistic rights, and member of Linguapax Latin America, denounces in this text the linguistic violence suffered by former Prime Minister Guido Bellido, as a result of his speech in Runasimi language (Quechua) at the Peruvian Congress.

The violent reaction of congressional members exemplifies the continuing colonial attitude in the Spanish-speaking sectors of Peru, to which Quechua and other indigenous languages-speaking communities and strongly resist.

Here you can read the whole text by Yataco, and here you can see the video of Bellido’s speech.