Video: Police use tear gas against protesters in Peru

STORY: During protests against the ousting of former President Pedro Castillo, there have been renewed clashes between demonstrators and police in Peru. The police pushed back thousands of demonstrators in the capital Lima on Wednesday with tear gas. They had tried to get through to the Peruvian Congress. Many demonstrators carried the red and white flag of the South American Andean country and called for the resignation of current President Dina Boluarte, the dissolution of Congress and the release of Castillo. Castillo had attempted to dissolve parliament, contrary to constitutional provisions, in order to forestall impeachment proceedings. The authorities “conscientiously followed Boluarte’s instructions to use force prudently,” Defense Minister Jorge Chavez told the Peruvian news agency RPP about the use of tear gas. Against the background of ongoing unrest, Boluarte called for new elections in parliament. At least two dozen people have been killed in violent clashes so far.


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