Peru extends state of emergency after months of deadly protests
Peru’s government on Sunday extended and extended a state of emergency in response to a two-month uprising against President Dina Boluarte that has claimed the lives of 48 people in clashes between protesters. and security forces.
Seven South Peruvians The regions – Madre de Dios, Cusco, Puno, Apurimac, Arequipa, Moquegua and Tacna – will be covered by the measure, which will remain in place for 60 days, according to an announcement in the government gazette. .
On January 13, the government extended the state of emergency for another 30 days for Lima, El Callao, Cusco and Puno.
With the new extension excluding the capital, Lima, as well as El Callao – home to the country’s main airport and maritime port – the state of emergency expires in mid-February.
The bill authorizes the military to support police operations to restore public order. It also suspends constitutional rights such as freedom of movement and assembly.
The decree prescribes a curfew from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. for 10 days in Puno province, the epicenter of anti-government protests, where 18 civilians and one policeman were killed in clashes on the 9th. January.
Peru has been embroiled in a political crisis with near-daily protests since December 7, when then-president Pedro Castillo was arrested after attempting to dissolve Congress and ruled by decree.
Barriers erected by protesters have caused shortages of food, fuel and other basic goods in some parts of the Andean nation.
Protesters demanded to disperse Conferencea new constitution and the resignation of Boluarte, who as vice president took over from Castillo.
Several attempts to pass a bill through Peru’s legislature to allow early elections have failed, the latest on Friday, blocking any further debate on the topic until August. .
This was followed by violent street protests in central Lima on Saturday.
The protests were spurred by poor indigenous Peruvians in the south, who see Castillo, who is also of humble origin and native origin, as an ally in their fight against poverty, racist and inequality.