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.
“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.