(CNN Español) – Tension in Peru does not subside. The National Police reported on its Twitter account that at least nine roads in the country remained closed on Wednesday as a result of the truck drivers’ strike. He added that due to Tuesday’s unrest, about 18 detainees would be charged with possible crimes “against public calm”.
Social discontent over the state of emergency, a measure widely unpopular in Peru, sparked strong protests in the capital, Lima, prompting President Pedro Castillo late Tuesday afternoon to repeal the curfew and state of emergency.
“Peru is not going through a good time, but we have to solve it with state authorities” in order to work out measures for Peruvians, Castillo said on Tuesday as he left Congress where he met Parliament. . “.
As Castillo was addressing reporters announcing the end of his unpopular procedure, out of circulation, in Lima, a crowd was protesting and trying to get to Congress, so the police intervened.
This is what we know about the situation in Peru.
Peruvian National Police mentioned This Wednesday for the death of a person during protests in Ica, a coastal region in the south of the country. “We urge the protesters not to provoke further acts of violence that threaten the right to life, public and private property and freedom of passage through the national territory,” they said in a tweet on Twitter.
the night before Referred to The death of an 18-year-old boy apparently occurred in the context of protests in Huanco. The police said in a statement that a group of people took the body to the Ambo health center. The foundation indicated that a hospital representative said that the death occurred as a result of cerebral edema. The police ordered the specialists to start investigations in coordination with an expert in forensic medicine from the Public Prosecution to determine the cause of death.
Castillo cancels the “persistence” order.
Peru’s controversial declaration of a state of emergency did not sit well with Peruvians, leading to demonstrations in the capital, Lima, on Tuesday. Despite the curfew measures that were imposed, hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Lima to demand Castillo’s resignation.
From the Peruvian Congress, shortly after 5 p.m., President Castillo announced the repeal of the said order, which included, among other things, the order of persistence.
“I must announce that from now on we will abolish this steadfastness that corresponds to the call for calm for the Peruvian people,” Castillo said in a meeting with the Congressional Council.
The clashes erupted in the afternoon when riot police used tear gas to disperse protesters and protesters threw stones through the windows of a building used by the judiciary in Peru.
The Minister of the Interior of Peru, Alfonso Chavari, reported Tuesday evening There are 18 detainees About “theft and vandalism” in the context of the protests.
On the other hand, Castillo called for calm among the citizens of Peru and urged those blocking highways in a tanker strike that began on March 28 due to high fuel prices, not to “take advantage” of a constitutional right to foment violence.
According to Provias, there are more than 44 interrupted points on various highways nationwide and 86 prohibited points.
The Peruvian Ministry of the Interior urged the demonstrators to protest without having to resort to violence “without disturbing public order and strict respect for public and private property, but above all for safety and human life”. According to a Twitter statement.
Protests leave many injured in Peru
At least 11 people were injured this Tuesday during clashes between protesters and police in Lima, According to the Ministry of Healthin protests against the measure announced by President Castillo on Monday night.
The Ministry of Health reported that five civilians and six police officers were injured and are being treated for their injuries.
Earlier, the Ministry of Interior reported that 25 policemen from the Special Services Unit were injured during the demonstrations. Minister Alfonso Chavari rejected the violence in the demonstrations and stated that they attacked not only police officers, but also journalists who were covering the protests. The Minister of the Interior also said that the demonstrators “damaged the buildings of the Public Prosecution Office, the judiciary and commercial establishments in the center of Lima.”
Castillo, who announced curfew measures in the Lima and Callao region around 2 a.m. until 11:59 on April 5, had to withdraw the order after only 15 hours due to the strong demonstrations against him.
Road closures continue in Peru
The National Police reported on its Twitter account that at least nine roads in Peru remained closed on Wednesday as a result of the truck drivers’ strike. He adds that due to Tuesday’s unrest, about 18 detainees will be denounced for possible crimes “against public calm”.
Some services have resumed in Lima and Callao
Things returned to normal on Wednesday in Lima and Callao, where there were difficulties in commuting on Tuesday, coronavirus vaccination points were canceled and public and private sector workers attended their work remotely.
The Urban Transport Authority reported that public transport services in Lima and Callao have been restored and are operating as usual.
☝️ We take note that all transportation services are back and operating as usual. We are at your service! pic.twitter.com/cROjsTy3xu
– Urban Transport Authority (ATU_GobPeru) April 6 2022
Meanwhile, COVID-19 vaccination centers have reopened in these areas after being closed for a day on April 5.
However, classrooms in the metropolitan area of Lima did not return to their usual presence on Wednesday, so their education will continue at least roughly in the Peruvian capital in order to “protect the physical integrity and emotional health” of students. and the academic community in general, according to Statement issued by the Regional Directorate of Education in Lima (DRELM) on Twitter.
With information from Jimena de la Quintana in Lima, Claudia Ripaza in London, Stefano Pozibon in Bogota and Florence Trucco in Atlanta.