At least 40 people have been killed in the violence that erupted after the ousting of former President Pedro Castillo.
Clashes erupted as protesters attempted to storm the airport in the town of Juliaca
The government says the clashes occurred during a failed attempt to take over the airport.
Lima, The situation has spiraled out of control after the deaths of 18 people in ongoing violent protests in Peru. According to a report by the AFP news agency, the government announced a curfew in the southern region of Puno to quell violent protests on Tuesday, a day after clashes between demonstrators and security forces. During it, Prime Minister Alberto Otarola said the three-day curfew would run from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Let us tell you that the protests started after the impeachment of former President Pedro Castillo, 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 supporters of Castillo. Police say throughout the night protesters looted shops in the neighborhood and also attacked police vehicles. In addition, during an attempt by the demonstrators to storm the airport in the city of Juliaca, other people lost their lives. According to a Juliaca Hospital official, fourteen people died, many of whom had gunshot wounds.
The government supported the security forces
The government defended the action of the security forces in Juliaca. The government says the clash happened during a failed attempt to capture the airport. Following the large death toll, the spokesperson for the United Nations Human Rights Office, Marta Hurtado, called on the authorities to carry out a prompt, fair and effective investigation into the dead and injured, and to guarantee the justice for the victims.
Let us tell you, the protests began a month ago when Castillo, facing a corruption investigation, was forced out of office. Since then, tension has increased in the cities of Puno and Juliaca. Protesters blocked roads in six of the country’s 25 main locations. Authorities say 53 different roads are blocked.
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