Machu Picchu trekkers Evacuated After Stranded Due to Protests
Peruvian Government Rescues 400 Stranded Tourists Amidst Countrywide Protests, which has Already Claimed 46 Deaths
The Peruvian government on Saturday managed to rescue 418 national and foreign tourists who were stuck near the Machu Picchu citadel owing to government protests against the current President, Dina Boluarte. Out of the total, reported the Tourism ministry, 400 people were taken back to the capital city Cusco while the remaining 18 were dropped off at Ollantaytambo.
The protests have so far resulted in 46 fatalities and have been sweeping the entire country, leading to further violence on this Saturday night in the center of Lima. The entrance to Machu Picchu was then closed for an indefinite period, claiming security concerns and the railway service between Cusco and Machu Picchu was also affected due to protesters allegedly damaging the railway line.
The European Union expressed its grief and urged the government and the opposition to take urgent measures to restore calm. Jacinto Ticona, the Ombudsman of Ilave, also reported the death of a protester this Saturday due to police brutality during the demonstration in the city’s main square. The images of police shooting at the protesters have been widely circulated on social networking platforms.