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Peru, dozens injured during anti-government protests


Clashes in the night during the demonstrations that are spreading throughout the country. Police station attacked, historic building burned in Lima (ANSA)

Dozens of demonstrators were injured in Peru following overnight clashes with police during anti-government demonstrations that are spreading across the country.

The Guardian reports it.

In the capital, Lima, police officers used tear gas to repel protesters who threw glass bottles and stones, while several fires broke out, TV footage showed.

In the southern region of Puno, some 1,500 protesters attacked a police station in the city of Ilave, interior minister Vicente Romero said.

Ilave health authorities reported eight patients admitted to hospital with injuries, including broken arms and legs, eye bruises and punctured abdomens.

By late yesterday afternoon, 58 people were injured across the nation in demonstrations, according to a report by Peru's ombudsman.

The riots followed a day of turmoil on Thursday when one of Lima's oldest buildings was set on fire as President Dina Boluarte vowed to get tougher on "vandals".

The destruction of the building, a century-old mansion in central Lima, was described by officials as the loss of a "monumental asset".

Protests began in December against the ousting of former president Pedro Castillo while the new head of state is accused of betraying socialism. Protesters are demanding the resignation of Boluarte, new elections and the release of Castillo, ousted with an impeachment and locked up in prison for rebellion, after attempting a coup.

The latest toll counts 52 victims since the beginning of the protests,

Source: ansa

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