Peru declares curfew in region of violent demonstrations

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Peru’s government has imposed a curfew in the southern region of Puno, the country’s prime minister announced on Tuesday, after violent protests erupted earlier this week that left at least 17 dead.

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“The Council of Ministers has approved the decree establishing a curfew in Puno “for a period of three days, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.,” the prime minister announced during a plenary session of parliament.

The demonstrations started after the parliament dismissed socialist Pedro Castillo on December 7 and then arrested him. The radical left-wing ex-president, elected in 2021, was arrested after attempting to dissolve parliament on December 7 and announcing that he wanted to rule by decree, an action described by parliament as a “coup d’état”. The man ruled for less than half a year, but that period was marked by a deep political crisis.

The demonstrators demand the resignation of Dina Boluarte, who took office after the socialist’s ouster. They are also demanding a new parliament and immediate elections, which have already been brought forward from 2026 to April 2024.

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