At least nine dead in protests in Peru

Violent riots: In Peru, people have died again during protests.Bild: keystone

At least nine people have died in renewed anti-government protests in southern Peru.

This was announced by the South American country’s ombudsman on Monday. Previously, demonstrators and security forces in the city of Juliaca had fought violently.

The ombudsman called on soldiers and police officers as well as demonstrators to exercise restraint. A few days ago, opponents of the government tried to storm Juliaca’s airport and engaged in violent street battles with the police.

Peru's President Dina Boluarte speaks during a news conference at government palace in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Protests against Boluarte that followed the ouster of her predecessor, Pedro  ...

Interim President Dina Boluarte.Bild: keystone

The protests are directed against the government of interim President Dina Boluarte. The demonstrators are demanding the resignation of the head of state, the dissolution of the congress and the release of the imprisoned ex-president Pedro Castillo.

FILE - Peruvian President Pedro Castillo gives a press conference at the presidential palace in Lima, Peru, Oct. 11, 2022. On Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022, Castillo faces a third impeachment attempt by Con ...

Ex-President Pedro Castillo.Bild: keystone

The former village school teacher wanted to forestall a vote of no confidence in December and dissolved the congress. Parliament then removed him from office. He was arrested on charges of an attempted coup and remains in custody. Since the arrest, his supporters have repeatedly taken to the streets. (sda/dpa)

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