17 dead in anti-government protests in Peru

17 people were killed in clashes with police in southern Peru.
Protestors in Peru
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After Pedro Castillo was ousted from power early last month December 2022 there has been a lot of political unrest in Peru.

As of now, 17 people have been killed in clashes in southern Peru after protests and on Monday they were 13.

The protesters revolt demanding for the elections to be resumed and the release of jailed former President Pedro Castillo.

It should be noted that on Monday in the city of Juliaca,  protesters were seen attempting to take control of the airport,  two teenagers, and the country’s human rights office.

It should be remembered that ICastillo is serving 18 months of pre-trial detention on charges of rebellion, which he still denies up to death.

Castillo’s successor, his former running mate Dina Boluarte, has accepted a plan to push up to 2024 elections for president and Congress originally scheduled for 2026. 

On Monday, Nationwide, protests were reported in about 13 per cent of Peru’s provinces, forming roadblocks and hence hindering truckers from delivering products to market.

It has been reported that the deaths, 12 of which took place amidst clashes between security forces and protesters trying to grab control of an airport in the city of Juliaca, close to the border with Bolivia.

Following these deadly clashes, 68 people had been injured with some sent to hospital, Henry Rebaza, a Puno health ministry official, revealed.

Boluarte’s government has accused former Bolivian President Evo Morales of contributing to this unrest. 

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