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Amid state of emergency, Peru mourns people killed in weeks-long protests

World NewsAmid state of emergency, Peru mourns people killed in weeks-long protests

Lima, the capital of Peru, and three other territories were under it. state of emergency Weeks of deadly protests against President Dina Bularte showed no signs of abating on Sunday.

According to Peru’s human rights ombudsman, at least 42 people have been killed in five weeks of street-burning clashes to demand new elections and Bolvarate’s resignation.

He assumed office as President on 7 December. The first woman president of a South American country After the impeachment and arrest of Pedro Castillo for his failed attempt to dissolve Congress and rule by decree.

Castillo, a leftist former rural school teacher and union leader, faced fierce opposition from Congress during his 18 months in office and is the subject of multiple criminal investigations into allegations of widespread corruption.

His dismissal immediately sparked nationwide protests, particularly among the rural poor, which broke out during the holidays but resumed on January 4.

The government extended the state of emergency for the regions of Lima, Cusco, Callao and Puno by 30 days from midnight on Saturday, authorizing the army to support police operations to restore public order.

The state of emergency also suspends constitutional rights such as freedom of movement and assembly, according to a decree published in the official gazette.

More than 100 roads remained blocked in 11 of Peru’s 25 regions on Sunday, a record, according to a senior land transport official.

on a large scale

Dozens of people gathered in Lima’s central cathedral on Sunday to protest the burning of a policeman in the Bolivian border town of Juliaca.

Many mourners wore white t-shirts to symbolize peace, and carried pictures of the dead.

Archbishop Carlos Castillo of Lima led the service in the local language of Spanish and Quechua.

The unrest has been mostly concentrated in the southern Andes, where Quechua and Aymara communities live.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has said that these groups need to be better integrated into Peruvian society in order to end the crisis.

Jose Moro, vice minister of regional governance, told TV Peru on Sunday that the government would create “spaces for dialogue” across the country to discuss unanswered social demands.

“Tell your brothers that this week we intend to set up venues for negotiations to meet the demands,” he said.

Meanwhile, large-scale protests have been announced for Monday in Lima as well as in the marginalized southern Andean regions.

Dozens of protesters arrived in the capital’s Miraflores district on Saturday night as part of a mobilization to “occupy the city”.

The airport in Cusco, the gateway to the famous Machu Picchu site, reopened on Saturday after being closed two days ago, the second time it had been closed due to protests.

Rail services to Inca Fort resumed on Sunday.

Unions say the tourism industry is losing seven million soles ($1.7 million) a day.

Radical groups?

Peru has been politically unstable for years, with Bolvarate, 60, the country’s sixth president in five years.

Castillo has been jailed on remand for 18 months, charged with rebellion among other offences.

Authorities insist that radical groups, including remnants of the Shining Path communist guerrilla group, are behind the protests.

As evidence, they cite the arrest this week of a former member of the organization, Rocio Leandro, known to the group as “Comrade Cusi.”

According to police spokesman General Oscar Arreola, Leandro financed the unrest that left a dozen people dead in the Ayacucho region.

He called Leandro a “Marxist, Leninist, Maoist murderer.”


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