Many were injured on Monday in the megacity of Juliaca in some of the worst violence since ex-President Pedro Castillo was arrested last month for trying to dissolve Congress. His sympathizers have been protesting and blockading roads for weeks. They say new President Dina Boluarte must go and want snap choices. Prime Minister Alberto Otárola denounced the clashes in Juliaca, describing them as an systematized attack on police. He said that thousands of people had tried to overrun the megacity’s field and a original police station. Meanwhile, one protester told the AFP news agency” The police are shooting at us”. ” We ask Dina to abdicate. Accept the fact that people don’t want you,” the protester added. Juliaca is located in the Puno region, which has been a seedbed of anti-government demonstrations.
The South American nation has been through times of political fermentation, with the rearmost extremity coming to a head when Mr Castillo blazoned he was dissolving Congress and introducing a state of exigency in December. But Congress progressed to bounce overwhelmingly to impeach him. Mr Castillo, who’s presently in detention, is being delved on charges of rebellion and conspiracy. He denies all the allegations, averring that he’s still the country’s licit chairman. While the extremity had been brewing for a while, the way it came to a head was a shock indeed to those closest to the man at the centre of it.
On 7 December, President Pedro Castillo, a 53 years old former academy schoolteacher from a humble pastoral background who was tagged on a surge of frustration with conventional politics in 2021, made a surprise address to the nation. His hands visibly shaking as he haltingly read from a script, he blazoned he was dissolving Congress and replacing it with an” exceptional exigency government”. He also declared a civil state of exigency. The chairman said the move was aimed at “re-establishing the rule of law and republic”. Numerous of his ministers, including the defence minister, abnegated on the spot and his Vice-President, Dina Boluarte, denounced the dissolution of Congress on Twitter. The police and the fortified forces issued a common statement saying they backed the constitution.