Today: Sunday, 29 January 2023 year

Three people died during protests in Junin, Peru.

Three people died during protests in Junin, Peru.

Three people have died and 52 others have been injured during protests in the Junin region of Peru, according to the regional health authority.

“We continue to update the information, a total of three civilians were killed and 52 were injured in clashes in Pichanaki,” the local health department said in a social media post.

Protests in Peru began after the impeachment of President Pedro Castillo and his detention. The demonstrators demand early presidential elections and the termination of the congress.

On December 7, the incumbent Castillo dissolved parliament, which was supposed to consider his impeachment for the third time. However, the parliamentarians still gathered for a meeting and decided on the resignation of Castillo. The armed forces and police spoke out against Castillo’s decision, he was arrested on charges of rebellion, abuse of power.

Previously Vice President Dina Boluarte was sworn in as head of state in Congress and became Peru’s first woman president. She proposed holding early presidential elections in 2024, but later allowed elections to be held in December 2023 amid protests in the country.