Clashes between police and demonstrators in Peru demanding the departure of President Tina Polwarte left seventeen people dead on Monday, January 9, in Juliaca, in the southeast of the country, during an attempted invasion of the city’s airport, the Guardian reported. People (local mediator).
“We have confirmed seventeen deaths today in Puno during clashes with law enforcement near Juliaca Airport”in the Aymara (Amerindian people) region of Puno, a source from the ombudsman’s office told Agence France-Presse (AFP) on condition of anonymity.
Protesters are demanding the resignation of Tina Bolvarde, who took over as the country’s leader in December, a new parliament and immediate elections, already moving from 2026 to April 2024.
Puno, bordering Bolivia, is the center of the protests. People have been on an indefinite strike since January 4.
Protests began after the impeachment of parliament, and then on December 7, 2022, Pedro Castillo was arrested following an attempt to dissolve parliament. “riot”. The protesters have called for fresh elections. At least twenty people were killed during clashes with police in mid-December.