17 Dead, Dozens Injured in Clashes Between Ex-President Supporters and Security Forces in Peru

Least 17 people have died and dozens more were injured on monday in violent clashes between supporters of the former president of peru, pedro castillo, and security forces in the city of juliaca. the supporters have been protesting and blockading roads for weeks, demanding that the new president, dina boluarte, resign and call for snap elections. prime minister alberto otárola has denounced the clashes as an organised attack on police.

Violence in juliaca took place on monday and is located in the puno region, which has seen a surge in anti-government demonstrations. the clashes are some of the worst since former president castillo’s arrest last month and the protests have been ongoing for weeks.

Clashes began when thousands of people attempted to overrun the city’s airport and a local police station. police responded by shooting at protesters, who were asking dina to resign and accept the fact that people do not want her. the violence is believed to be a result of the political turmoil the country has been through in recent years, with the latest crisis coming to a head when mr castillo announced he was dissolving congress and introducing a state of emergency in december.


By Evey Lovelace

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