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Riot police fire tear gas at government opponents. © Guadalupe Pardo/AP/dpa

In Peru, protesters are demanding, among other things, the resignation of interim president Dina Boluarte. Again and again there are clashes with the police. Dozens of people die.

Lima – Demonstrators and police have once again waged serious clashes in protests against the Peruvian government throughout the country.

Officials from the capital Lima fired tear gas into the crowd yesterday and government opponents hurled stones, as seen on television. About 11,800 police officers were on duty, Police Chief Victor Zanabria said. Dozens of people have died in Peru since protests began in December.

protests in Peru
There were clashes between the security forces and opponents of the government. © Jose Sotomayor/AP/dpa

In the southern city of Arequipa, protesters tried to storm the airport, the RPP radio station reported. Anti-government officials set fire to a police station in the province of Chucuito. In the Cusco region, protesters set fire to a miners’ camp. The government declared a state of emergency for various regions of the South American country.

Protesters are demanding the resignation of interim president Dina Boluarte, the dissolution of Congress, and the release of jailed former president Pedro Castillo. The former schoolteacher of the town wanted to avoid a vote of no confidence in December and dissolved the congress. Parliament then removed him from office. He was arrested on attempted coup charges and is in custody. dpa

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