Peru extends state of emergency amid political crisis

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Peru &eacute ;extends the state of emergency in the face of the political crisis

People line up to buy gas after weeks of anti-government protests that have impacted goods, transportation, commerce and the operation of some major mines in Cuzco.

The Peruvian government on Sunday extended and extended the state of emergency in the face of the revolt against President Dina Boluarte, which has left at least 48 people dead in two months.

Seven regions in southern Peru (Madre de Dios, Cusco, Puno, Apurimac, Arequipa, Moquegua and Tacna) are affected by this measure which will apply for 60 days, according to the newspaper official.

On January 13, the government extended the state of emergency for 30 days in Lima, Callao, Cusco and Puno.

The extension does not affect the capital Lima nor Callao, where the main maritime terminals and the largest airport in the country are located and where the state of emergency is due to end in mid-February.

This allows the army to reinforce the police to restore public order. It also suspends constitutional rights like freedom of movement and assembly.

The government decree establishes a curfew from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. for 10 days in the department of Puno, an epicenter of anti-government protests, where 18 civilians and a policeman were killed in clashes on January 9.

< p class="e-p">Peru has been rocked by a political crisis with near-daily protests since December 7, when then-President Pedro Castillo was arrested after trying to dissolve Congress and rule by decrees.

Roadblocks set up by protesters have led to shortages of food, fuel and other essential supplies in several areas.

Protesters demand the dissolution of Congress, a new constitution and the resignation of Dina Boluarte who, as vice president, took the reins after the arrest of Mr. Castillo.

Several attempts to pass a law to allow early elections to be held have failed. The latest was on Friday, to no avail, effectively stalling any further debate on the subject until August.

On Saturday, violent street protests followed in central Lima.

The movement is led by poor indigenous Peruvians from the south. They see in Mr. Castillo, who also has humble origins and indigenous roots, an ally in their fight against poverty, racism and inequality.