Peru: Inca wall defaced in Cusco



13:00 | Cusco (Cusco region), Oct. 13.

Police officers are attempting to identify and capture those who vandalized Cusco's cultural heritage by defacing an Inca wall on Inca Roca passage, located near the famed "Twelve-Angled Stone" or Hatunrumiyoc in the Imperial City.

The authorities verified the damage, which included written messages like "1885, 1886, BM, 1 and 7" as well as the drawing of a flower measuring 7 cm long and 2 cm wide, which was apparently made with a sharp, pointed metal object.

A verification report was submitted after the monitoring procedure handled by police officers, who received a report of vandalism in the area.

The defaced wall is part of the Archbishop's Palace in Cusco (formerly Inca Roca Palace) located in the historic center of Cusco.

It must be noted that, with the lifting of the quarantine, the place is once again visited by different people, including those from outside Cusco.

The Peruvian Criminal Code, under the heading on crimes against cultural heritage, penalizes —in Article 266— the crimes committed against archaeological monuments.

"Anyone who alights, pillages or, without authorization, explores, excavates or removes pre-Hispanic archaeological monuments, no matter the sort of right in rem over the land where it is located, as long as the person knows the nature of the property's cultural heritage, shall be sentenced to not less than three nor more than six years of prison and 120 to 365 days of fine," the article reads.


Published: 10/13/2020
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