Peru extends state of emergency amid deadly protests

Peru is seeing some of its worst violence in decades, which erupted last month following the ousting of former President Pedro Castillo, as protesters who oppose the current

government call for political change in the country. In December, a state of emergency was imposed, airports and highways became the site of some clashes, and hundreds of

foreign tourists were stranded in the country amid the chaos. To date, dozens of people have died in clashes with security forces, and human rights groups allege that

authorities used excessive force against protests, including firearms. The army says protesters have used improvised explosives and weapons, Reuters reports. Over the

weekend, the government of Peru extended its 30-day state of emergency in the capital Lima, and the regions of Cusco, Puno and the constitutional province of Callao. The state of

emergency suspends several constitutional rights such as freedom of movement and assembly. The position of Peru’s new President, Dina Boluarte, is now looking as embattled

as her predecessor. In January, Peru’s top prosecutor’s office launched an inquiry into Boluarte’s handling of the unrest, and several of her ministers have resigned. More

than a dozen people died in Juliaca on January 9. - Jose Sotomayor/AP Why are protestors so angry? Castillo’s ousting has accelerated long-simmering political tensions in

the country. Protesters have been demanding new elections, the resignation of Boluarte, a change to the constitution and the release of Castillo, who is currently in

pre-trial detention.