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2 Killed, 4 injured in Peru as protests spread against new government

Two people were killed and four were injured in Peru on Sunday during protests demanding the country hold general elections. Protesters took 50 people hostage, including police officers and employees, after taking control of Peru's Andahualas airport. Earlier, 20 people were injured in clashes between policemen and protesters.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Lima: Two people were killed and four were injured in Peru on Sunday during protests demanding the country hold general elections following the ouster of former President Pedro Castillo. The ombudsman’s office said several people had been detained. However, the exact number of captives was not mentioned. At the same time, after taking control of the Andahualas airport, protesters took 50 people hostage, including police officers and employees.

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The Office of the Ombudsman “reiterated the call on people not to resort to violent means during their protests” and told the National Police that “any action to restore public order must be carried out within the framework of the law on the use of force”. The National Police said that two police officers taken captive by the protesters have now been released and are currently being assessed by medical personnel.

People took to the streets in support of the former President
People took to the streets in support of former President Pedro Castillo, according to information provided by Peru’s Interior Ministry. Those were removed earlier this week. It is alleged that Castillo attempted to dissolve the Peruvian Congress and called for new elections. Castillo was removed from power on Wednesday based on the allegations.

Peruvian lawmakers called Castillo’s move a coup d’état. On the same day, he was impeached by lawmakers and arrested for the alleged crime of sedition, reports CNN. Following his impeachment, Peru’s Vice President Dina Boluarte was sworn in as President. Boluaarte ruled out early polls on his first day in office.

Castillo is currently under seven days of preliminary arrest ordered by the Supreme Court on Thursday. Castillo has faced scrutiny over whether he has used his position to benefit himself, his family and his close associates by exerting influence to obtain favors or preferential treatment, among other claims.

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The former leader has denied all the allegations against him, saying they are the result of a witch-hunt against him and his family by groups that failed to acknowledge his election victory. He has consistently shown willingness to cooperate with any investigation.

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