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Black and white anti-corruption flags (Peru)

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Black and white anti-corruption flags image by Ivan Sache, 6 August 2018


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In Peru, the police recently intercepted phone calls between narco-trafficers from Callao and judges, members of the National Council of Magistrates, businessmen, public prosecutors and politicians. The publication of these records stirred a big people's movement that culminated on 28-29 July during the celebration of the National Day.

While hoisting of the national flag is mandatory on houses, institutions and shops, several citizens upset by corruption used instead a black and white national flag - sometimes with the coat of arms all black, sometimes with the coat of arms in full colors.
In Chancay (Lima region), a civil servant from the municipality asked a citizen to remove the black and white flag he had hoisted over his house, considering as an offense to a national symbol. The "culprit" answered he did not want to offend the homeland but could no longer feel represented by the red and white flag in the context of general corruption.
The black and white flag was seen in the three street protests organized in Lima and other held in Pasco, Huacho and Huancavelica; in some cases, the black and white flag was hoisted on the main square, soon to be removed by the authorities.

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/07/29/opinion/1532877957_247764.html
El Pais, 30 July 2018

https://peru21.pe/peru/facebook-polemica-bandera-blanca-negra-casa-chancay-417016
Peru21, 26 July 2018

https://elcomercio.pe/lima/sucesos/parada-militar-vecinos-bandera-blanca-negra-desfile-fotos-noticia-541197
El Comercio, 29 July 2018

Other protesters proposed to half-staff the national flag during the celebrations.

https://trome.pe/actualidad/fiestas-patrias-usuarios-proponen-izar-bandera-media-asta-casos-corrupcion-pais-90188
Trome, 18 July 2018

https://larepublica.pe/sociedad/1287818-parada-militar-intervienen-ciudadano-llevar-bandera-blanca-negra-video
La República, 29 July
Ivan Sache, 6 August 2018

I found yet another specimen featuring the exact same colors as your attached image, plus a black ribbon below the coat of arms, to indicate mourning (a form of protest to indicate that the Judicial Power has died), as seen here: https://img.elcomercio.pe/ (source). This online article is dated July 20, 2018, but the protests were held the day before, July 19, throughout the country.

It is a protest, as you said, against Judges and Members of the Consejo Nacional de la Magistratura (CNM) (English: National Council of Magistrates ) (official website: https://www.cnm.gob.pe) for accepting bribes to rule according to pay (lower sentences or even acquittals have been granted). The first audio tapes were released to the public on July 7. Currently, they are trying to prosecute the people involved and also revoke all the judges as well.
Sources: https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/CNM_Audios and
https://rpp.pe/politica/

It is yet another political crisis that is parallel to the ongoing struggle between the incumbent President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and Congress, over a Presidential pardon, as well as other measures, which forced him out of office before he could en his term and replaced, on March 23, 2018, by the new President Martín Vizcarra.
Source: https://es.wikipedia.org
Esteban Rivera, 6 August 2018

Black and white anti-corruption flags image by Tomislav Todorovic, 18 August 2018

Also note in the El Pais.com image the flag farther behind: an "Inca" rainbow flag charged with a black chakana, pierced variant, so that green stripe is seen through.
Tomislav Todorovic, 6 August 2018