Peru protests blockade roads, force five airports to close

LIMA: Protesters blocked main roads and forced the closure of five airports in Peru amid violent protests that flared up again on Friday and left at least 16 people dead, following the overthrow and arrest keep former President Pedro Castillo.
Eight people were killed on Thursday in clashes between security forces and protesters in Ayacuchoaccording to the local government, after a Supreme Court The council ordered Castillo to be held for 18 months while he was investigated on charges of “sedition and conspiracy.”
Protesters are calling for early, closed elections Conferencea constitutional council, and the resignation of the new President Dina Boluartewho took over Castillo after he was sacked by Congress a few hours after he tried to dissolve Congress.
Castillo has denied wrongdoing and says he remains the country’s legitimate president.
The death toll from the protests could reach 20, Rebellious Elianathe head of Peru’s ombudsman office, said in an interview with local radio station RPP.
In Ayacucho, protesters set fire to local prosecutors and justice offices, and security forces used weapons to repel attacks on the airport and other places, Revollar said. .
A criminal complaint has been filed with prosecutors specializing in human rights in Huamanga’s Ayacucho province to determine “responsibility for serious violations” there, the ombudsman’s office said in a statement. , without providing further details.
Boluarte’s government declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, giving the police special powers and restricting freedoms including the right to assemble, but it seems to have done little to prevent it. block protests.


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