STORY: Images of the devastation following the violent protests in the Peruvian capital Lima. The country is in a state of emergency. This is how this resident perceives it: “It’s a national chaos. You can’t live like this. We are in a terrible state of uncertainty. The economy is suffering and there is vandalism.” Violent clashes broke out again between police and government opponents in the capital Lima on Friday. But not only here, the rural regions are also increasingly affected by the protests. The government has extended the state of emergency to six regions and restricted some civil rights. Dozens of people have died since the protests began in early December. The trigger was the dismissal and imprisonment of controversial President Pedro Castillo. He is accused of illegally trying to dissolve parliament to avoid impeachment. With their protests, Castillo’s supporters are demanding new elections, the politician’s release and the resignation of incumbent President Dina Boluarte.