Peruvian Protesters Torch Second Bolivia-Peru Border Post
Anti-government protests in Peru remain active in Puno, Arequipa, and more
A latest report from Ombudsman’s Office confirmed the presence of anti-government protests in Puno, Peru. Protesters set fire to an office of the National Superintendence of Customs and Tax Administration (Sunat), a migration post, offices of the National Agrarian Health Service (Senasa) and the National Police. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that protesters attacked and set fire to the Desaguadero Binational Border Assistance Center (Cebaf), on the border with Bolivia.
The Foreign Ministry expressed its firmest rejection and condemnation of the criminal acts taken. They asserted that this affects the bilateral trade with Bolivia and attacks the economy of thousands of Puno families.
Protests have spread to other places including, Arequipa where clashes ended up occurring in the town of La Joya. Agents used tear gas to discourage protesters as they threw stones which caused violence.
Since the anti-government protests began in early December, 62 people have died in related clashes and protests across provinces such as Andahuaylas, Chincheros, Acobamba, Huancavelica, Lima, Carabaya and Yunguyo.
The Peruvian government has called for the right of peaceful protest, with the hope to reduce death tolls and violence.