17 Deaths Reported Following Juliaca Protests in Peru
At least 17 people have died in clashes and police guard presence on Monday evening in Juliaca, a city in southern Peru, according to the Ombudsman’s Office. The events followed an attempt to occupy the Juliaca Airport. The injured had projectile impacts on their bodies, revealed Carlos Monge Hospital health officer to the local press.
The mayor of Juliaca, Oscar Cáceres, was live on a radio call to the population and asked for calmness. Police authorities reported having more than 50 policemen injured, and requested the citizens of Puno not to expose to more potential danger.
The protests against the current president, Dina Boluarte, resumed after a brief truce to the end-of-year holidays and they have extended to six departments of Peru, including popular touristic places like Puerto, Cusco, Arequipa, Madre de Dios, Tacna and Apurimac.
The Ministry of Transportation pre-emptively suspended all operations of the Alfredo Mendívil Airport in Ayacucho prior to the start of a 48-hour strike. Furthermore, 34 deaths have been counted since the beginning of the protests a month ago.