Riots in Lima, Peru Lead to Injuries and Mass Protests

Violent protests in Peru with several injured and Cusco airport closed

Tuesday, 24 January 2023, was the most violent day of protests in Lima, Peru, with several people injured by pellets and stones and the Cusco airport closing due to the social uprising.

Two international media photographers, one of them from Agence France-Presse, were hit by pellets while covering the demonstration at the historic center of the Peruvian capital. The protest was peaceful when it first began, but was soon interrupted when hooded demonstrators appeared with homemade shields.

In the Ica region, 300 km south of Lima, eight non-commissioned officers of the Peruvian National Police (PNP) were injured in a protest against the Panamericana Sur highway.

Carlos Avedano, a 35-year-old peasant from Andahuaylas, 754 km southeast of the capital, told the AFP agency that the protesters want the resignation of Dina Boluarte and the call for “new elections”.

The protests first began after the ouster and arrest of President Pedro Castillo on 7 December. After resuming on 4 January, the main demands focused on the resignation of Boluarte and the closure of Congress.

The Cusco airport closed “to safeguard the integrity of people and the safety of aeronautical operations”. In Puno, 1,350 km south of Lima, a military contingent marched down the main street in support of “Homeland”.

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