Protests in Peru: State of emergency declared in Lima

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Protests in Peru: the state of emergency declared in Lima

The state of emergency declared in Peru authorizes the army to intervene to maintain order and entails the suspension of several constitutional rights.

The Peruvian government has decreed Saturday the state of emergency in the capital Lima and several other regions due to protests against President Dina Boluarte which have left at least 42 people dead in the country for five weeks.

This measure, in force for 30 days, authorizes the army to intervene to maintain order and leads to the suspension of several constitutional rights such as freedom of movement and assembly and freedom of movement. #x27;inviolability of the home, according to a decree published Saturday evening in the official journal.

In addition to the capital, the departments of Cusco and Puno (south) are notably subject to the state of emergency, as well as the port of Callao, near Lima.

More than a hundred roadblocks blocked traffic across Peru on Saturday, mainly in the south, the epicenter of the protest, but also around Lima.

Authorities have, however, reopened the international airport of Cusco, which is vital for the Peruvian tourist sector.

Protests erupted after the dismissal and the arrest on December 7 of Socialist President Pedro Castillo, accused of having attempted to carry out a coup d'etat in order to dissolve the Parliament which was preparing to oust him from power. p>

Ms. Boluarte, who was Mr. Castillo's vice-president, succeeded him in accordance with the Constitution and is from the same left-wing party as him. But the demonstrators, who see her as a traitor, demand her departure as well as immediate elections.

For the moment, Ms. Boluarte refuses to resign.

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