February 4, 2023

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Peru protests: At least 20 injured in clashes days after president’s ouster

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At least 20 people, including four police officers, were injured in clashes between protesters and police in the southern Peruvian Andean city of Andahuaylas on Saturday.

The ombudsman’s office said on Twitter it was working with health workers to verify that the injured had received “appropriate medical care at the city hospital,” but did not provide details of the injuries.

It said a number of people had been arrested but did not say how many.

Meanwhile, the National Police reported that two police officers arrested by the protesters have since been released and are being examined by medical personnel.

The reason for Saturday’s protest is not yet clear, but Andahuaylas is one of several cities across the country where residents took to the streets this Friday in support of former President Pedro Castillo, who was ousted earlier this week. according to information provided by the media, the Ministry of Interior.

Castillo was removed from power on Wednesday after trying to dissolve the Peruvian Congress and call new elections. He was arrested for the alleged crime of rebellion and indicted by lawmakers in a single day.

Peruvian lawmakers dubbed the move a coup d’état, and a majority of the 130-member Congress voted to impeach Castillo the same day, resulting in Dina Boluarte being sworn into the top post.

Peru’s new president on Thursday ruled out snap elections on her first day in office after her predecessor’s dramatic ouster and arrest.

Castillo is also currently on a seven-day provisional detention, which the Supreme Court ordered Thursday after ruling him a risk of absconding.

Castillo faced a cascade of investigations into whether he used his position to benefit himself, his family and closest allies, including peddling influence to gain favor or preferential treatment.

He has repeatedly denied all allegations and reiterated his willingness to cooperate with any investigation. He argues the allegations are the result of a witch hunt against him and his family by groups that did not accept his election victory.

The ombudsman repeated its “call to the population not to resort to violent means in their protests” and called on the state police to “implement all measures to restore public order within the framework of the law on the use of force”.