Peru extends state of emergency with military to quell protests

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Peru extends state of emergency with military to quell protests
Peru extends state of emergency with military. Photo: Reuters

The President of Peru, Dina Boluarteexpanded the state of emergency decreed in mid-December and extended from this Sunday for 30 days in Lima and in the Andean regions of Puno and Cusco, measure that empowers the armed forces to maintain public order in the face of anti-government protests that have left 42 dead in five weeks.

The measure contemplates that the National Police of Peru maintain control of internal order with the support of the Armed forcessuspends constitutional rights of inviolability of domicile and the freedoms of transit through the national territory, assembly and personal freedom and security.

The decreeissued and signed on Saturday night by Boluarte, specified that in Fistwhere almost half of all those killed in the protests after violent clashes with the police were registered a week ago, a curfew was imposed for eight hours for 10 days.

When was a state of emergency declared in Peru?

The government had decreed state of emergency for a month in mid-December, shortly after protests broke out over the impeachment and arrest of former leftist president Pedro Castillowho illegally attempted to dissolve Congress and reorganize the judiciary.

This new government decision comes when mobilizations are announced from the south of Peru to the Peruvian capital starting next Monday, in an action that the authorities describe as a “riot against Lima” in an attempt to destabilize Boluarte.

in demonstrations Boluarte’s resignation is demandedthe closure of Congress, the drafting of a new Constitution and the release of Castillo, who is serving a preventive prison for 18 months while they investigate him for “rebellion”.

A mission of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights who was visiting Peru a few days ago to speak with the relatives of the victims, the Government and civil organizations called for an end to the violence and for dialogue that is going through a “very complicated” stage.

Demonstrations have concentrated in the mining regions of southern Perubut since the last days thousands of people have also taken to the streets of Lima to protest against the Government and demand a quick advance of general elections in search of getting out of the crisis.

“She is a hypocrite (Boluarte), because on the one hand she says sorry, but she does not go out to talk, send the police to the military to go kill, with pellets“said Tania Serra, during the protest, in which at times the protesters have jostled with the police.

What approval does Dina Boluarte have?

Disapproval of Boluarte’s management increased according to surveys. Seven out of 10 Peruvians (71%) reject the president’s government, said polls by Ipsos Peru and the Institute of Peruvian Studies published this Sunday in the newspapers Peru 21 and La Republica.

On Friday, the president of peruwho proposed advance the elections to April 2024asked for “pardon” for the dozens of deaths in the protests, the worst outbreak of violence the country has seen in more than twenty years.

The measure included the province of Callao, the province of Andahuaylas in the Apurímac region, two provinces of Madre de Dios, and a district of the dream of Moquegua. Cuscothe tourist capital of Peru that houses the Andean city of Machu Picchu, was affected by roadblocks that forced the closure for a few days of your airport.

Some days ago, The Peruvian prosecutor’s office announced that it opened a preliminary investigation to identify those responsible for the deaths and the hundreds injured by the protests in the regions of Puno, Cusco, Arequipa, Apurimac and Ucayaliwhich have been the focus of the biggest disturbances, in addition to Lima.

These investigations run parallel to the preliminary investigation announced by the prosecution against President Boluarte for the alleged crimes of “genocide, qualified homicide and serious injuries” in the protests, which included part of his cabinet of ministers.

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