Protesters brave tear gas to demand Peru leader’s ouster

Jan 25, 2023

Riot police tossed tear gas to disperse antigovernment protesters in new unrest in Peru’s capital on Monday, and the interior minister said there was no end in sight to the tumult gripping the South American nation.

Several hundred protesters marched in colonial central Lima to demand the ouster of President Dina Boluarte — some shouting “Dina murderer!” — until police moved in with tear gas volleys.

This crisis triggered by the ouster of leftist and Indigenous president Pedro Castillo early last month stems largely from a gaping inequity between Peru’s urban elite and poor rural Indigenous people in the southern Andean region who saw him as one of their own and working to make their lives better.

The unrest has left 46 dead in the country, and Interior Minister Vicente Romero forecasts no relief.

“The social protests will continue. We are working intensively with the defense ministry to resolve them,” Romero told state-run channel TV Peru.

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Death toll hits 60 from protests in Peru

Jan 22, 2023

Demonstrators continued Saturday to demand the resignation of Peruvian President Dina Boluarte after six weeks of violent protests that have killed 60 people.

Boluarte accused protestors of “vandalism” in a television address late Thursday after hundreds took to the streets in the nation’s capital of Lima in the so-called “Takeover of Lima” demonstration.

The president said the protesters had “no social agenda” but sought to “break the rule of law, generate chaos and disorder and seize power.”

With the death of another person in Puno, the toll has risen since Dec. 11.

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Numerous individuals were hurt on both sides when security officers used tear gas in response to demonstrators throwing stones at them, according to reports.

Police raided the National University of San Marcos in Lima with a tank and detained 200 students.

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