Peru declared a state of emergency in the capital, Lima, as protests continued
Peru declared a state of emergency in the capital, Lima, and three other regions as deadly protests against President Dina Boloart continued on Saturday.
This measure seeks to rein in demonstrations and clashes that have killed at least 42 people in recent weeks.
And the state of emergency entered into force for a period of 30 days, authorizing the army to intervene to maintain order and freezing many constitutional rights such as freedom of movement and assembly, according to a decree published in the Official Gazette.
Supporters of ousted President Pedro Castillo have marched and barricaded themselves in the streets across the South American country since December to demand new elections and the impeachment of Boulwart.
On Friday night, she refused to step down, saying in a televised address: “My commitment is with Peru.”
The emergency includes Lima, the regions of Cusco and Puno, as well as the port of Callao, which is adjacent to the capital.
More than 100 protest roadblocks were erected across Peru on Saturday, especially in the south, which has been the epicenter of the unrest, as well as around Lima.
The airport in Cusco, the gateway to the iconic site of Machu Picchu in southern Peru, reopened on Saturday after being closed due to an outbreak of protests.
On Thursday, authorities suspended operations as a precaution at the airport, which handles the country’s second-largest air traffic, after protesters tried to reach the transportation hub.
In December, it suspended operations for five days.
Mass anti-government demonstrations first broke out in early December, after Castillo was removed from office for attempting to dissolve Congress and rule by decree, in an attempt to prevent a vote on his impeachment.
Peru has faced political instability in recent years, with the 60-year-old Poloarte the sixth person to assume the presidency in five years.
Castillo, who was under investigation for several fraud cases during his tenure, was placed on remand for 18 months for insubordination.