Protester dies in Lima as Peru’s political disaster continues By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Peru’s President Dina Boluarte speaks as she meets with overseas press, in Lima, Peru January 24, 2023. REUTERS/Angela Ponce/File Photograph


(Reuters) -A person in Peru’s capital Lima died on Saturday and others have been hospitalized as nationwide clashes between protesters and police continued within the eighth week of the South American nation’s political disaster.

The loss of life of Victor Santisteban Yacsavilca, 55, brings to 58 the nationwide toll within the protests that started in early December after the impeachment and arrest of President Pedro Castillo.

Initially centered in Peru’s rural, mountainous south, protests have gained steam within the capital in latest weeks. Saturday’s protests have been principally in Lima and the southern Cusco area, Peru’s ombudsman mentioned in an announcement.

Santisteban had suffered a extreme head harm, the nationwide medical insurance company mentioned in an announcement.

Some protests escalated as demonstrators armed with rocks and makeshift shields clashed with police, who deployed fuel and rubber bullets.

Peru’s ombudsman condemned studies of assaults towards journalists masking the protests.

President Dina Boluarte expressed remorse early on Saturday after Congress refused to hurry up the timeline for a presidential election amid the unrest, her workplace mentioned.

Lawmakers had given an preliminary inexperienced mild to shifting elections from 2026 to 2024, however on Friday voted down proposals maintain the election this 12 months.

Boluarte has repeatedly backed shifting up elections as she struggles to quell the protests calling for her resignation.

A movement to maneuver elections as much as April 2024 handed one vote and has a remaining vote in February. Congress will proceed debate on Monday.

On Friday Boluarte mentioned an election may occur this 12 months.

“We urge lawmakers to place down their partisan and group pursuits and put the curiosity of Peru first. Our residents promptly await a transparent response that may pave a approach out of the political disaster and construct social peace,” Boluarte’s workplace mentioned on Twitter.

Boluarte, who took workplace after Castillo’s elimination, has maintained she is going to keep on as president till elections are held.

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