Peru’s Prosecutor Requests Release of Majority of Detainees Following Eviction from Campus
192 Detainees Released and One Remains Detention After Police Raid on Lima College
On January 23, 2023, the Public Ministry released a statement saying that 192 out of the 193 people, including protesters and students, who were arrested by Peruvian National Police the previous Saturday, have now been released after proceedings at the police headquarters. Only one person has been detained due to having a (previous) requisition.
The statement also highlights that the authorities released a pregnant detainee and a minor, both on January 21, due to their condition. In addition, 193 legal medical examinations were carried out on all detainees, along with taking a statement from each of them.
Local media reported that images of relatives and supporters gathering at the doors of the Police Investigation Operations Center (Dirincri) to receive the people were surfacing.
This raid happened after the eviction of the campus of the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM) in Lima, where anti-government protesters from all over the country were camped to participate in the marches against President Dina Boluarte. The university issued a statement this Sunday in which it asserted that it had previously denounced attacks, robberies to the security force and damage to the cameras by protesters and some students and requested the release of the seized doors.
The Ombudsman has asked the Justice to review the habeas corpus presented by the National Human Rights Coordinator (CNDDHH) in defense of the detainees and also confirmed that conditions of overcrowding in the police headquarters, where the detainees were being held, were present.