Protests continue in Peru calling for Boulwart’s resignation

The main focus was in Andahuaylas, a city in the Andes.

More than 3,000 Peruvians clashed with police on Saturday in a city in the Andes mountains, stoning a police station and detaining two agents for hours as they demanded a general election, as well as the resignation of President Dina Pouluart and a discredited parliament.

The police confirmed that the two officers were later released and that reinforcements had been sent. There are 16 injured people, Anthony Torres, director of Andahuaylas Subregional Hospital, told the Associated Press, one with severe head trauma who was transported to another city.

The Office of the Ombudsman noted that nationwide protests maintain an “increasing trend”.

The protest in Andahuelas is one of several that have erupted in Peru since Wednesday when Poluarte took power after President Pedro Castillo was ousted by Congress.

Before Castillo sought to illegally dissolve parliament. He did not receive any support from the army. The president could shut down Congress, but after two rejections of a vote of confidence in his government, which did not happen.

Andahuaylas is a city in the Andes where in 2005 there was an insurrection led by retired military Antoro Humala against then-president Alejandro Toledo. Humala has served 17 years in prison, was recently released and has shown interest in becoming president.

In Lima, more than a thousand protested in front of the parliament and a nearby square where they also demanded the release of former president Castillo, of whom Pollarte was vice president.

The former president is under preliminary investigation for the crime of rebellion and has requested asylum in Mexico, a country that has begun consultations with Peru to implement the procedures for this request.

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Early on, Bulwart swore an oath to a centrist government and told its members not to be corrupt.

“Do you swear by God and country to act faithfully and sincerely without committing acts of corruption?” Was the phrase he chanted before taking the oath of office of 17 ministers. He appointed lawyer Pedro Angulo, a former anti-corruption prosecutor, as prime minister.

The president also criticized her predecessor, former President Castillo, of whom she was vice president.

Castillo was the first president to be investigated during his administration (2021-2022). Compile six inquiries, most of which relate to alleged corruption.

On Wednesday, the president said she had watched with “disgust how the press and judicial bodies reported outrageous acts of robbery against the funds of all Peruvians.”

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