February 7, 2023

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Two dead and four injured in protests in Peru to call for elections By Reuters

©Reuters. Police officers ride motorcycles during a protest demanding the dissolution of Congress and holding democratic elections instead of recognizing Dina Boluarte as Peru’s president, following the overthrow of Peruvian leader Pedro Castillo, in Lima, Peru December 11 2/5

LIMA (Reuters) – Two teenagers were killed and four people injured in protests on Sunday in Peru demanding that the country hold general elections after the ouster of former President Pedro Castillo, police and local authorities said.

President Dina Boluarte was sworn in last week after Castillo was fired by Congress and arrested for trying to dissolve the legislature to prevent an impeachment trial against him.

Protesters, many of them Castillo supporters, have been demanding for days that Peru hold elections instead of allowing Boluarte to remain in power until Castillo’s term ends in 2026. Some protesters are also calling for the closure of Congress.

The head of the Peruvian ombudsman’s office, Eliana Revollar, told local radio station RPP that a 15-year-old and an 18-year-old died in clashes with police in the city of Andahuaylas, in the Andean region of Apurimac, “possibly as a result of gunshot wounds.”

Baltazar Lantaron, governor of the Apurimac region, told local TV channel Canal N that “four injuries are reported being treated at the health centre, three of them (with wounds) on the scalp, with multiple injuries”.

The Peruvian Society of Airports and Commercial Aviation, which manages the country’s airports, announced the closure of Andahuaylas Airport following attacks and vandalism since last Saturday.

Protesters set fire to the transmitter room, which is vital to the delivery of navigation services, he added.

The Ombudsman’s office said on Saturday that two police officers in Andahuaylas were held for hours by protesters but later released. It said 16 civilians and four police officers were injured in clashes on Saturday.