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One month after the dismissal of Pedro Castillo, protests and blockades continue in Peru

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The report indicated that between last Wednesday, when the protests resumed, and today, most of the people hospitalized (62) were in the Andean city of Puno, where serious clashes with security forces took place on Friday and yesterday.

The protests against the new government resumed on Wednesday after a break for the end of the year holidays.

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The protesters this Sunday maintained roadblocks in six of the 24 departments of the country, including tourist regions such as Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca; Cusco, Arequipa, Madre de Dios, as well as Apurímac and Ucayali, according to the AFP news agency.

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On Saturday there were strong clashes between demonstrators and police in the city of Juliaca, in the Puno region -bordering Bolivia-, where there was an attempt to take over the airport.

The Ombudsman’s Office reported 16 injured in the clashes in this region, including four policemen.

The wave of protests began on December 7, when Boluarte assumed power after Congress dismissed President Pedro Castillo hours after he announced the dissolution of parliament and the establishment of an exceptional government with suppression of constitutional guarantees.

Castillo was immediately arrested and the Justice imposed 18 months in preventive detention for rebellion and conspiracy, for understanding that he wanted to carry out a coup.

Those protests left about 30 dead, according to official data.

Source: Ambito

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