WORLD Peru declares state of emergency in wake of violent protests


Peru declares state of emergency in wake of violent protests


08:19, December 15, 2022

LIMA, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Peru declared a nationwide 30-day state of emergency on Wednesday in a bid to quash sometimes violent protests in various regions, Defense Minister Alberto Otarola said.

Soldiers patrol in Arequipa, Peru, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (Photo: AP)

"We have agreed to declare a state of emergency for the entire country, due to the vandalism and violence, and the seizure of highways and roads," acts that are being controlled by the National Police and the Armed Forces, Otarola said following a meeting of the Council of Ministers.

Violent protests, which have left seven people dead in the south of the country, "require a forceful and authoritative response from the government," he said.

The state of emergency temporarily suspends the right to assembly and to freedom of movement, among other constitutional guarantees.

Political unrest was sparked by the ouster on Dec. 7 of former president Pedro Castillo, and has been spreading from the south of the country to northern cities, such as La Libertad.

Among the protesters' demands are early elections and Castillo's release from custody.

Terms of Service & Privacy Policy

We have updated our privacy policy to comply with the latest laws and regulations. The updated policy explains the mechanism of how we collect and treat your personal data. You can learn more about the rights you have by reading our terms of service. Please read them carefully. By clicking AGREE, you indicate that you have read and agreed to our privacy policies

Agree and continue