Peru Political Crisis: Terrible violence erupted after removal of former President in Peru, 18 killed, curfew imposed2 min read
At least 40 people have been killed in violence that broke out after the ouster of former President Pedro Castillo.
Clashes broke out as protesters tried to storm the airport in the city of Juliaca
The government says the clashes occurred during a failed attempt to take over the airport.
lima, The situation has become uncontrollable after the death of 18 people in the ongoing violent demonstrations in Peru. According to a report by the news agency AFP, the government has announced a curfew in the Southern Puno region to quell violent protests on Tuesday, a day after clashes between protesters and security forces. During this, Prime Minister Alberto Otarola said that the three-day curfew will run from 8:00 pm to 4:00 am. Let us tell you that the demonstrations started after the removal of former President Pedro Castillo from the post, in which 40 people have been killed so far.
According to the report, the Puno region, which borders Bolivia, has become the center of a protest movement led by Castillo supporters. Police say that throughout the night, protesters looted shops in the area and also attacked police vehicles. Also, in an attempt by the protesters to storm the airport in the city of Juliaca, more people lost their lives. According to an official at the Juliaca Hospital, fourteen people died, many of whom had bullet wounds.
The government supported the security forces
The government has defended the action of the security forces in Juliaca. The government says the clash occurred during a failed attempt to capture the airport. Following the large number of deaths, UN Human Rights Office spokeswoman Marta Hurtado called on authorities to conduct a quick, fair and effective investigation into the deaths and injuries, and to ensure justice for the victims.
Let us tell you that the protests started a month ago when Castillo, facing a corruption investigation, was forced to leave the office. Since then, tension has increased in the cities of Puno and Juliaca. The protesters have blocked roads in six out of 25 main places in the country. Officials say that 53 different roads are blocked.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : January 11, 2023, 07:45 IST