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Tear gas used in Peru to disperse anti-government protesters

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Thousands of people took to the streets of the capital of Peru to express dissatisfaction with the work of the government. This was reported by Interfax with reference to the Spanish-language media.

Police officers used tear gas to disperse protesters after clashes broke out between protesters and law enforcement officers.

The protests began in Lima hours after Peruvian President Dina Boluarte called for a “truce” for protesters who have been taking to the streets for almost two months. She pointed out that road closures by protesters and damage to infrastructure have caused production downtime estimated at more than $1 billion.

According to her, drug traffickers and smugglers have organized a “paramilitary group” that aims to “wreak havoc” in the country for their political goals.

It is noted that protests on Tuesday in the capital of Peru were the largest in terms of the number of participants and the most violent.

Protests began in Peru following a power crisis in early December following Pedro Castillo’s removal from office. They covered 11 regions of the country. Participants of the actions block roads, occupy airports, storm the buildings of government bodies and law enforcement agencies. They demand the resignation of President Dina Boluarte, the dissolution of Parliament, the holding of general elections during 2023 and the convening of a constitutional assembly. Anti-government demonstrations are accompanied by arson and looting of enterprises and commercial facilities.

Source: Rosbalt

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