Death Toll in Peru Protests Rises to 60 with New Victim in Puno

Ilave protests in Peru sees death of 62-year-old man

A 62-year-old man from Peru has died from hypovolemic shock while being transported to a regional hospital in Puno, health sources reported on January 21, 2023. Isidro Arcata Mamani was one of the protesters injured during violent clashes between protesters and security forces in the Andean city of Ilave.

Arcata was amongst eight demonstrators who received emergency care at Ilave Hospital. He received a proximal third fracture of the left femur along with 46-year-old man being treated for an abdominal projectile wound. Six other people suffered from various fractures, wounds and bruises.

The National Police requested reinforcements in light of the reported attempt to take over the city police station. In response, the 46 health establishments of El Collao Health Network were put on ‘maximum alert’ by the Puno Regional Health Directorate.

Minister for Health, Rosa Gutierrez, reported that 25 patients were treated in different hospitals across the country during the protests.

The protests began in Peru on December last year, demanding the resignation of then-President Dina Boluarte, the dissolution of Congress, calling for general elections and a constituent assembly. The protests have caused 45 fatalities so far, along with 14 deaths due to the roadblocks, including an unborn baby and four Haitians.

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