Law Enforcement Thwarts Attack At Arequipa Airport in Latin America
Peruvian Police and Military Repel Arequipa Airport Takeover Attempt by Anti-Government Protesters
Peruvian Police and Military were able to thwart an attempted takeover of the Alfredo Rodríguez Ballón airport in Arequipa, the country’s second city, by anti-government protesters demanding the resignation of Peruvian President Dina Bolaurte.
Clashes between police and military and demonstrators were witnessed for several hours and a plane and armored vehicles from the Armed Forces were seen taking part in the control operations at the airport.
The Interior Ministry reported on Twitter that the police repelled the assault after applying institutional protocols, leaving several protesters injured.
At the beginning of the day, the Ministry of Transport and Communications reported the closure of the Arequipa airport “to safeguard the integrity of the citizenry and the safety of aeronautical operations”. The same closure was reported at the Cuzco airport due to the protests and an attempted assault on the Juliaca airport in the south of the country.
In Lima, a large fire devastated a mansion in the historic center near Plaza San Martín, the epicenter of the anti-government demonstration. Several law enforcement were present, but retreated after the protesters attacked them with stones.
In response, the Police fired tear gas and pellets to disperse the protesters and the General Corps of Volunteer Firefighters of Peru (CGBVP) requested the liberation of the area for fire-fighting.
Meanwhile, América Televisión reported that their press team was attacked by a group of protesters, leaving three injured and the channel’s van with broken glass.
Despite multiple clashes, the anti-government protests continue in Peru with a call for the resignation of President Boluarte, the closure of Congress and the calling of elections and a constituent assembly. There have been over 50 deaths reported since the beginning of December.