mobilization continues with many roads blocked

mobilization continues with many roads blocked

Demonstrations against Peru’s new President Dina Boluarte which have left seven people dead since Sunday continued on Tuesday morning with many roads blocked in 13 of 24 regions, according to a police report, while justice studies a request for the release of the former head of state Pedro Castillo, remanded in custody.

The southern part of the country, with the tourist region of Cuzco and the second Peruvian city Arequipa, and the north are the most affected areas while the center with the capital Lima is preserved, according to the same report.

At the same time, peasant and indigenous organizations, supporting the deposed president, called for an “unlimited” strike from Tuesday, but it was still difficult by mid-morning to quantify the extent.

Justice for its part examined since 9:20 a.m. local time (2:20 p.m. GMT) the appeal of the decision on the placement of Pedro Castillo in pre-trial detention, lodged by his lawyers.

On December 7, the 53-year-old left-wing president ordered the dissolution of Parliament but was not followed by the army and parliamentarians voted by a large majority shortly after his dismissal for “moral incapacity”.

Arrested a few hours later, Pedro Castillo is being prosecuted by the Public Prosecutor’s Office for “rebellion” and “conspiracy. The Supreme Court ordered his placement in pre-trial detention for seven days.

Due to calls for demonstrations, rail transport between Cuzco and the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, the tourist jewel of Peru, has been suspended, the operator announced. Cusco airport was closed overnight due to the presence of protesters trying to enter the facilities.

In Lima, the situation was calm on Tuesday morning after clashes in the evening with the police who used tear gas to disperse hundreds of demonstrators who tried to go to Parliament.

Five people were killed on Monday, including four in Chincheros and Andahuaylas, in the Apurimac region (south). Two demonstrators had already died on Sunday in this region, where the new president was born.

The other death on Monday occurred in Arequipa (south), Peru’s second largest city, when police intervened to chase hundreds of protesters from the airport who had set up burning barricades on the runway.