Protests move into Peru’s capital, met by tear gas and smoke

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Protests move into Peru’s capital Thousands of protesters demanding. The ouster of President Dina Boluarte poured into Peru’s capital and clashed with police who fired tear gas. Many came from remote provinces where dozens have died in unrest that has gripped. The country since Peru’s first rural Andean leader was oust last month.

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The protests marked Peru’s worst political violence in more than two decades. Highlighted deep divisions between the country’s urban elite, largely concentrated in Lima, and poor rural areas. Former President Pedro Castillo has been detaine. Expect to face sedition charges since his impeachment following a fail attempt to dissolve parliament.

Protests move into Peru’s capital; Thursday was mostly quiet, but with tear gas and tear gas. The government challenged everyone who could to work from home. Clashes escalated after sunset. Late in the evening a massive fire broke out in a building near the historic Plaza San Martin. Although a link to the protests was not immediately clear.

Anger toward Boluarte was common on Thursday as Protesters Demanded His Resignation. Street vendors brandished T-shirts that read: “Out Dina Boluarte,” “Dina killer, Peru rejects,” and “New elections, let them go.

At least 13 civilians and four police officers were injure in Thursday’s protests in Lima, according to Peru’s ombudsman. A total of 22 police officers and 16 civilians were injure across. The country on Thursday, Interior Minister Vicente Romero Fernandez said.

The protesters blamed Boluarte for the violence. “Our God says do not kill your neighbor. Dina Boluarte kills, makes brothers fight,” said Paulina Consa. Carrying a large Bible as she marched with more than 2,000 Cusco protesters in central Lima.

Many Lima residents also joined today’s protest, with a strong presence of students and unions.

Protests move into Peru’s capital; We are at the Crossroads of Dictatorship and democracy. Said Pedro Mamani, a student at the National University of San Marcos, where the protesters were house.

According to Lima Police Chief Victor Zanabria. The university was surround by police. Who were also stationed at key points in Lima’s historic downtown — a total of 11,800 officers.

Boluarte was defiant in a televised speech to top officials Thursday night. Thanking police for controlling the “violent protests” and vowing to prosecute those responsible for the violence. Boluarte said he supports the plan to hold Presidential and Parliamentary elections in 2024, two years earlier than originally planned.

The president also criticized the protesters for “not having the social programs. That the country needs,” accusing them of “wanting to undermine the rule of law” and raising questions about their funding.

For most of the day, the protests played out like a cat-and-mouse game as protesters. Some of whom threw stones at the police. Tried to break through the police lines and the police responded with tear gas. Causing the protesters to flee using rags. They drown the sting of their eyes and skin by dipping them in vinegar.

“We are being follow,” said Sofia López, 42, as she sat on a bench outside the country’s highest court. “We tried to go through a lot of places and we end up going around.” Lopez came from Carabayllo, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) north of the capital.

By early afternoon, the protests had turned key roads into large pedestrian streets in central Lima.

Disappointment was visible among the protesters. Who had hoped to march to the symbolic district of the economic elite, the Miraflores district. Eight kilometers from the city center.

We are surround,” said Sofia López, 42, as she sat on a bench in front of the country’s highest court. “We tried to go through a lot of places and we end up going around.” Lopez came from Carabayllo, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) north of the capital.

In Miraflores Park, A Large Number of Police Separated. Anti-government protesters from a small group of protesters who expressed support for law enforcement. The police also used tear gas to disperse the protesters.

By bringing the protests to Lima, protesters hope to add new weight to a movement. That began when Boluarte was sworn in to replace Castillo on Dec. 7.

“When tragedies and bloodbaths happen outside the capital. It doesn’t have as much political importance on the public agenda as if it happened in the capital. Said Alonso Cárdenas, public policy professor at Antonio Ruiz de Montoya University in Lima. .

Protests were held elsewhere, and a video post on social media show protesters trying to storm the airport in Peru’s second city, in the Southern Province of Arequipa. Police block them and one person was kill in the ensuing clashes, Peru’s ombudsman said.

It was one of three airports attack by protesters on Thursday, Boluarte said, adding that it was not “just a coincidence” that they were attack on the same day.

As the sun set, the streets of central Lima were engulf in flames. Protesters threw stones at the police, who fire tear gas that they could barely be seen.

“I’m angry,” said 56-year-old Verónica Paucar, coughing from tear gas. “We’ll go back peacefully.” Paucar lives in Lima, his parents are from Cusco.

Clashes Escalated after dark and late Thursday night, not far from the demonstration, inferno broke out in an old building, which took place in central Lima, Plaza San Martin, had no clear connection to the protest. The pictures show people rushing to get their belongings out of the building, which was near several government offices.

Activists called Thursday’s protest in Lima the Cuatro Suyos March, referring to the four cardinal points of the Inca Empire. This is name of the great mobilization of 2000, when thousands of Peruvians took to the streets against the dictatorial government of Alberto Fujimori, who resigned months later.

there is an important difference between this demonstration and this week’s demonstration.

“In 2000, people protested against a regime that was already unified in power,” Cárdenas said. “In this case, they are facing a government that has only been in power for a month and is incredibly vulnerable.”

The 2000 protests had centralized leadership led by political parties.

Recent protests have largely been Grassroots Efforts without clear leadership. The feat came to light on Thursday as protesters often appear lost and unsure of where to go next as their path was continually block by law enforcement.

The protests have escalat to the point where protesters are unlikely to be satisfy with Boluarte’s resignation and are now demanding fundamental structural changes.

Thursday’s protesters said they would not be repress.

Shields Block Protesters From Leaving Central Lima. “I don’t know what they’re thinking, do they want to start a civil war?”

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