Protests Pick Up Following Peru’s Political Crisis

With frequent changes in the leadership, a host of investigations into alleged corruption and many scandals have dominated the political scene in the South American country of more than 33 million.
The protests rocking Peru heated up, particularly, in rural areas strongholds for Castillo
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A multitude of demonstrators in Peru converged on streets for another day Sunday to demand new President Dina Boluarte resign and schedule elections to replace her and Congress.

This due to the ongoing political crisis is demanding the release from custody of Pedro Castillo, the centre-left president ousted Wednesday by lawmakers, who made Dina Bouarte who was the vice president to swear in as the president.

As the riots broke out between gangs and mobs in Peru’s capital Lima, the police used tear gas to push protesters back, resulting in two deaths immediately.

In such a massive demonstration saga in rural areas, rioters vandalized a small airport used by the armed forces and marched in the street all in the name of releasing former president Pedro Castillo from custody.

It should be remembered that Boluarte, 60, was made  swear  in at midweek to replace Castillo, hours after he stunned the country by ordering the dissolution of Congress, which in turn dismissed him for “permanent moral incapacity.” Castillo was arrested on charges of rebellion.

Castillo’s failed move against the opposition-led Congress came hours before lawmakers were set to start a third impeachment attempt against him.

However, the new head of State Dina Boluarte has called for a time of national unity to heal from the latest political rivals.

In her remarks, “The life of no Peruvian deserves to be sacrificed for political interests,” Boluarte tweeted Sunday following Taipe’s speech in Congress. “I express my condolences for the death of a citizen in Andahuaylas. I reiterate my call for dialogue and to end violence.”

Nevertheless, this did not stop, thousands of people continued rioting as they gathered outside the legislative palace on Sunday in Lima.

This prompted the police to displace the gatherings by using tear gas against them while just inside the building, lawmakers were beginning a session. Police also chased and beat protesters as they ran from the place.

Pedro Angulo Peru’s prime minister confirmed that  Boluarte’s Cabinet would be meeting Sunday night to assess how to handle the situation of hostile protestors.

To date, the power struggle in the country has continued as the Andes region and its thousands of small farms struggle to survive the worst drought amidst the political crisis. 


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