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Peru: Machu Picchu closed, there are Italians among the stranded tourists


Dozens of demonstrators were injured in Peru following overnight clashes with police during anti-government demonstrations that are spreading across the country. Burnt a historic building in Lima (ANSA)

The section of the railway line connecting to the lost city of the Incas of Machu Picchu, in Peru, was interrupted due to protesters who occupied the tracks, as part of protests against the government of Dina Boluarte.

There is a group of Italians among the approximately 300 tourists stranded in Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas closed due to the interruption of rail transport due to the chaos that is sweeping Peru.

According to what has been learned, these are an unknown number of people who had spent the night on the site after visiting the citadel and who are in contact with the Italian authorities.

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.

Late yesterday afternoon,

    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 as 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 in an impeachment , and locked up in prison for rebellion, after having attempted a coup.

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

   Serious incidents between protesters and police in Llave, in the southern Peruvian region of Puno yesterday killed one person and injured seven others, bringing to 54 the number of people killed in the anti-government protests that began on December 7, 2022. These incidents, reports RPP radio today, they took place while for the second consecutive day thousands of people participated yesterday in the so-called 'Take of Lima' through which political, social, union and student movements demand the dissolution of Parliament, the resignation of President Dina Boluarte, immediate elections and the release from prison of former president Pedro Castillo.

Yesterday evening the Minister of the Interior, Vicente Romero,

announced that 22 members of the national police and 16 civilians were injured on the second day of clashes in the capital The minister also reported that material damage was caused to the airports of Cusco, Puno and Arequipa "by vandals, however removed by the police ".

Finally, the Peruvian broadcaster published online a summary of the fatal victims divided by region, specifying that the one with the highest number of deaths, directly or indirectly due to the protests, is Puno (23), followed by Ayacucho (10), Apurímac (6 ), La Libertad (6), Cusco (4), Junín and Arequipa (3, each).  

Source: ansa

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