Thursday, January 26, 2023

Peru extends state of emergency in wake of protests

LIMA ( Associated Press) – Peru’s President Dina Boluarte extended a state of emergency that suspends some of citizens’ fundamental rights because of the spread of protests against her government that have already killed nearly 50 people. The mobilization began in December as soon as he took power after the dismissal of his predecessor, Pedro Castillo, for trying to illegally shut down Congress.

The Boluaarte government declared a state of emergency in three departments, three provinces and one district for 30 days from Sunday, January 15. The Criterion was published on Saturday night in an extraordinary digital edition of the official newspaper El Peruano.

A state of emergency suspends the constitutional rights of inviolability of domicile as well as freedom of transit, assembly and personal security.

The President imposed a month-long state of emergency in December, which has already been completed.

This new status of exception was set for the Department of Lima, where the country’s capital is located, and the regions of Puno and Cusco in southern Peru; the region and province of Callao adjacent to the capital; a province of the Apurimac region; two others from Madre de Dios; and a district in Moquegua, the latter also in the Southern Jurisdiction.

The norm establishes that in these places the national police with the support of the armed forces exercise control over internal order to prevent possible convulsions.

The measure involves five highways that cross the country, following several incidents of roadblocks in protests that paralyzed the transport of people and goods.

In addition, in Puno, one of the epicenters of the protests, a nightly curfew was instituted for 10 days from 8 pm to 4 am. This remedy was previously given for three days from Tuesday the 10th to Friday the 13th.

The ombudsman’s office on Saturday afternoon reported new mobilizations, strikes and roadblocks in 33 provinces, most of the country’s southern region.

In addition, it recorded 100 cuts on national highways and attacked public transport units to force them to join protests in the southern region of Arequipa.

Since the protests began, 49 people have died: 41 civilians in clashes, seven due to traffic accidents and incidents related to blockades, and one policeman after being attacked by a mob, according to the Ombudsman’s report.

The protests – which demand the furthering of general elections, the resignation of Boluaarte and the shutdown of Congress – took a new turn this week after resuming on Wednesday the 4th following a partial ceasefire due to end-of-year holidays. gained speed.

Among the protesters are those who also demand that Castillo, Boluarte’s predecessor, who was ousted and served 18 months in preventive detention while under investigation for alleged insurrection, be released.

Boluaarte took over the government after Castillo, who was president through 2021, was ousted by Congress on December 7 after trying to dissolve the state’s power with a televised message. The current President was the Vice President and was elected on the same list with his predecessor. Parliament swore him in on the same day that Castillo was deposed as his constitutional successor.

Castillo was arrested while he was in a vehicle with his entourage on an avenue in the center of Lima. According to the prosecutor’s office, he was on his way to the Mexican embassy to seek political asylum.

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