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Latin America: At least 17 dead in protests in Peru

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Peru has not calmed down since the arrest of former President Pedro Castillo. Again and again, demonstrators fight violent street battles with the police, there are deaths.

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The death toll in renewed anti-government protests in southern Peru has risen to at least 17. This was announced by the ombudsman of the South American country yesterday evening (local time).

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Previously, demonstrators and security forces in the city of Juliaca near Lake Titicaca had engaged in violent clashes. The 17 dead were in Juliaca, and another person died in road blockades in the nearby town of Chucuito, the tweet said.

The ombudsman called on soldiers and police officers as well as demonstrators to exercise restraint. A few days ago, opponents of the government tried to storm Juliaca’s airport and engaged in violent street battles with the police.

The protests are directed against the government of interim President Dina Boluarte. The demonstrators are demanding the resignation of the head of state, the dissolution of the congress and the release of the imprisoned ex-president Pedro Castillo. The former village school teacher wanted to forestall a vote of no confidence in December and dissolved the congress.

Parliament then removed him from office. He was arrested on charges of an attempted coup and remains in custody. Since the arrest, his supporters have repeatedly taken to the streets.

Source: Stern

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