Peru: another death during a demonstration against the government of Dina Boluarte

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Peru: another death during a demonstration against the government of Dina Boluarte

Funeral of 18 people killed during protests in Juliaca in southern Peru

Demonstrations against the government of Dina Boluarte left one dead and around 30 injured on Wednesday during clashes with security forces in Cusco in southern Peru

This new death brings to 41 the number of people killed since protests began a month ago, including a policeman who was burned to death by mobs, according to the Ombudsman's office.

We regret that clashes in Cusco led to the death of the president of the community of Anansaya Urinsaya Ccollana de Anta, Remo Candia Guevara, the institution said on Twitter.

We demand an immediate investigation to find those responsible and proceed with the appropriate sanction, added the mediator regarding the situation in Cusco, where more than 30 people were injured, including 19 police officers.

The day began with road blockades and vigils in memory of those killed in clashes with law enforcement in Juliaca, in the Andean region of Puno, prompting the United States to call on all parties to restraint.

At the same time, a delegation from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) arrived in Lima to assess the human rights situation ;man in the context of social protests.

Amid social tension, prosecutors on Tuesday opened an investigation into alleged “genocide” against President Dina Boluarte, who imposed a curfew in the Aymara (Amerindian people) region of Puno to curb the violent demonstrations which, between Monday and Tuesday alone, left 17 civilians dead and a policeman burned in his patrol car, according to the institution.

The epicenter of the protests is in this region on the border with Bolivia, where thousands of residents marched on Wednesday in the streets of Juliaca, 1,300 km south of Lima, with the coffins of the 17 victims civil.

Dina shot me dead was written on the white coffin of Edgar Huaranca, carried on the shoulders of six members of his family.

In the procession, the scenes of anger and pain multiply as people begin to bid farewell to their dead and promise to continue the fight until they obtain the resignation from what they consider an illegitimate government.

Peru declared national mourning on Wednesday in honor of the dead in the Puno region.

Roadblocks have spread to eight of the country's 25 regions, affecting Tacna , Moquegua, Puno, Cusco, Apurimac, Arequipa, Madre de Dios and Amazonas, according to Peruvian authorities.

Clashes between demonstrators and police in Cusco, one of the strongholds of the protests against President Dina Boluarte

In Arequipa, Peru's second city, hundreds of people also demonstrated against the government.

In Tacna, on the border with Chile, an indefinite strike has begun, marked by episodes of vandalism such as the burning of toll booths and attempted looting of a shopping center.

The Puno region began an indefinite strike a week ago to demand the resignation of Ms. Boluarte, immediate presidential and legislative elections and the convening of a Constituent Assembly.

The regional governments of Puno and Cusco demand the resignation of Boluarte as a first step to resolve the crisis.

The commissioners of the IACHR were received by Dina Boluarte at the Government Palace, seat of the Peruvian executive.

We will check the human rights situation. We regret the loss of life during the protests, said Edgar Stuardo Ralon, who heads the mission which will remain in Peru until January 13 and meet with authorities, victims and their relatives in Lima, Ica and Arequipa.

Ms. Boluarte served as vice-president until December 7, 2022, when socialist President Pedro Castillo was deposed and arrested, accused of an attempted coup for trying to dissolve the Parliament which was about to oust him from power.

According to the government, former Bolivian President Evo Morales is linked to the protests, which is why he was banned from entering Peru until x27;at further notice. Mr. Morales, who ruled Bolivia between 2006 and 2019, has remained active in Peruvian politics since leftist former President Castillo came to power in July 2021.

Protests have resumed for a week after a year-end truce. Mostly peaceful, some have escalated into violent acts such as storming airports and attacking public buildings.

The police and armed forces also responded with violence.

In this context, the United States on Wednesday called for restraint and minimal use of force in the face of protesters.

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