Peruvian authorities have updated the total death toll following demonstrations in Peru following the impeachment and arrest of former President Pedro Castillo. The total number of dead has gone up to 23.
The Regional Directorate of Health (Diresa) of Lima Province has announced the death of another person due to clashes at Ayacucho airport between protesters trying to take over the terminal against the Peruvian Armed Forces. “It is reported that despite all the efforts of the health workers and doctors of the Ayacucho Regional Hospital, one of the injured died in the early hours of today,” Diresa said in a statement, according to the RPP radio station.
In this way the total death toll in Peru has increased to 23. 14 of which have occurred since the emergency declaration announced by the Peruvian government last Thursday.
The latest deaths come amid strong protests taking place across Peru On 7 December following the impeachment and arrest of former President Castillo. protesters ask the president Dissolution of Dina Boluaarte Congress and call for new general elections.
Peruvian government has decided the state nationwide emergency for a period of 30 days as a response to protests in support of Castillo. Similarly, the executive has declared a state of emergency in the national road network, allowing the military to take to the roads in an effort to defend the country’s strategic points.