Death Toll in Cuzco Reaches 48 After Protester Death

Lima, Jan 12 (EFE) – Peru’s nationwide protests have resulted in 48 deaths to date, reported sources from regional health service. According to the Ombudsman’s Office, 40 of them have died due to direct clashes with law enforcement and one police officer.

The latest victim has been identified as Remo Candia Guevara, the leader of a peasant community Urinsaya Ccollana in the province of Anta who died in the Antonio Lorena hospital in Cuzco.

The protests continue on Wednesday as demonstrators concentrate around the Alejandro Velasco Astete airport. 22 people were injured in the Cuzco protest alone, 6 of which were police officers. The casualties have suffered injuries due to firearm projectiles, tear gas poisoning and bruises.

The protesters demand the resignation of President Dina Boluarte, along with the closure of Congress and early general elections in 2023.

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