Tragic Attack in Southern Peru Leaves One Dead, Assaults on Police Headquarters Reported

Clashes between protesters and law enforcement leave one woman dead and another injured in Peruvian city of Macusani

One woman died and another person was injured in clashes between protesters and law enforcement that took place on Wednesday (01.18.2023) in the city of Macusani, in the Peruvian region of Puno (south).

The San Martín de Porres de Macusani Hospital reported, in a statement, that the fatality is a woman of around 35 years of age and that another 30-year-old man was admitted with a reserved prognosis after presenting “an open chest trauma”.

During the afternoon, there were clashes in Macusani between protesters and the security forces, which included the attack on the judicial headquarters and the police station of that town, which have been set on fire. Helicopter rescue Images released overnight showed the Macusani police station on fire, from which it was indicated that the agents were removed by helicopter.

The clashes in Macusani, which take place on the eve of a great march in Lima and a national strike, raised the death toll to 43 since the demonstrations began on December 7.

Protests in Peru have been ongoing since the first week of December, when Congress ousted leftist President Pedro Castillo. Vice President Dina Boluarte replaced Castillo, but the high cost in lives of the law enforcement repression, with more than 40 deaths, has ignited outrage against her.

Boluarte has proposed to the right-wing-dominated Congress to move the elections forward to April 2024 instead of holding them in 2026, when she ends her term.

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