Peru protesters march in capital Lima demanding for president to leave office | World News

Thousands of protesters descended on Peru’s capital and clashed with police as they demanded President Dina Bolvarate leave office.

The South American country has seen its worst political violence in more than two decades, with 55 people killed in unrest last month after the country’s first president of rural Andean background was ousted from office.

The protests have highlighted deep divisions between the country’s urban elite, mostly concentrated in the capital Lima, and the more indigenous south.

Protesters clashed with the police
Thousands of protesters marched against President Dina Bolvarete.
A person reading a sign. "Shut down Congress"
A man holds a sign that reads “Stop Congress”

Police estimated that around 3,500 people attended the march, but others speculated that the crowd was twice as large.

Some people threw stones at the police, who fired tear gas in response, and a large fire broke out in a building near the historic Plaza San Martín. A firefighter commander told local radio that the building was empty when the massive fire broke out for unknown reasons.

Peru’s ombudsman said at least 13 civilians and four police officers were injured in Lima on Thursday, while 22 police officers and 16 civilians were injured nationwide, Interior Minister Vicente Romero Fernandez said.

“This is not a protest; it is sabotaging the rule of law,” Prime Minister Alberto Otarola said, along with President Bolvarate and other government ministers.

Ms Bolarte criticized the protesters for “not having any kind of social agenda that the country needs” and accused them of “wanting to subvert the rule of law”.

Riot police in Lima
Riot police officers take cover during clashes with protesters.

Former President Pedro Castillo remains in custody and is expected to stand trial for treason since he was impeached after a failed attempt to dissolve Congress.

Last week Ms Bularte’s government extended a state of emergency in Lima and the southern regions of Puno and Cusco, curtailing some civil rights.

He has “apologised” for the deaths of protesters but rejected calls to resign.

Human rights groups have accused the police and army of using deadly firearms against protesters, but police say protesters used weapons and homemade explosives.

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