LIMA ( Associated Press) – Protests against Peru’s President Dina Boluarte demanding new elections following her resignation and the ouster of her predecessor Pedro Castillo resumed slightly on Thursday after a partial ceasefire ended a day earlier for the holidays. Decreased. After clashes in December in which at least 27 people were killed.
In the afternoon, the ombudsman’s office reported mobilizations, strikes and roadblocks in 30 provinces, equivalent to 15.3% of all of the Andean country. On Tuesday the seizures had reached 36 provinces, accounting for 18.4% of the total.
In addition, it entered 43 blockade points on national roads and torched a private vehicle in the Ica region, south of Lima. There was no clash with law enforcement.
In Lima, due to roadblocks, the sale of land travel tickets to troubled southern regions such as Ica, Yekepa and Tacna is suspended.
Boluaarte took over the government after Castillo, who had been president through 2021, was ousted by Congress after trying to dissolve the state’s power in a televised message.
In a press conference, Boluaarte spoke about the ongoing demonstrations.
“The right to protest ends where the rights of others are violated,” he declared, and invited the protesters to the Government Palace to present what they are demanding.
He insisted that some of the demands of the protest could not be resolved under his government.
“Political conflicts, such as the closure of Congress or the issue of the Constituent Assembly (to change the Constitution), I believe that this transition government is not the time to address these political issues. I warn the public against this possibility.” Not denying that over time, calmly, but in an open and honest dialogue, they may look at the Constituent Assembly issue…and the way is through the Congress, not the executive,” he said. Said. ,
The Minister of the Interior, Víctor Rojas, reported that there were more crowds in Peru’s southern regions, and alleged that the police guaranteed the right to protest in “strict respect for human rights”. He claimed there were clashes with police at Juliaca airport in the southern region of Puno, but no injuries were reported.
The Culture Ministry announced that tickets to visit the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, the country’s main tourist attraction located in the Cusco region in southern Peru, will be valid for a month for those affected by traffic disruptions.
IIRSA Sur, the concessionaire of the transoceanic highway linking Peru to Brazil, reported that a group of protesters kidnapped a gang of its workers in the southern region of Madre de Dios and forced them to “use company machinery to form a company”. forced to do.” Protest and block the road.” In view of this, the company withdrew its personnel from the area until the resumption of work was guaranteed.