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Peru: Clashes as protesters demand release of prisoners after San Marcos University raid02:55

Peru: Clashes as protesters demand release of prisoners after San Marcos University raid

Peru, Lima
January 22, 2023 at 10:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

Peruvian riot police clashed with protesters, demanding the release of detainees, outside the police headquarters on Lima’s Avenida Espana on Saturday.

Police used teargas to disperse as many as 1,000 demonstrators who had assembled with flags and banners with messages reading ‘Dina Murderer Resign’ and ‘Killer Cops’.

Demonstrators had gathered to demand the release of detainees who are in police custody following a raid on the campus of the National University of San Marcos (UNMSM) earlier in the day.

Police stormed the campus to remove alleged activists who had 'illegally trespassed' on the campus, authorities said.

As many as 205 people were removed from the campus and detained, according to local media.

Deadly protests have been ongoing across Peru after former President Pedro Castillo was impeached over corruption allegations, despite a last-ditch bid to dissolve Congress.

His vice president Dina Boluarte was sworn in as the country's first female president. Boluarte moved to bring forward elections by April 2024, but Castillo's backers view her rise to power as illegitimate.

Peruvian President Dina Boluarte stressed that she would not offer her resignation during a televised address last Saturday, January 14.

“Some voices that come out of the violent and radical ask for my resignation, stirring up the population, to chaos, disorder, and destruction. To them, I say responsibly: I am not going to resign. My commitment is with Peru and not with that tiny group that is making the country bleed,” the embattled President said.

Peru: Clashes as protesters demand release of prisoners after San Marcos University raid02:55
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Peruvian riot police clashed with protesters, demanding the release of detainees, outside the police headquarters on Lima’s Avenida Espana on Saturday.

Police used teargas to disperse as many as 1,000 demonstrators who had assembled with flags and banners with messages reading ‘Dina Murderer Resign’ and ‘Killer Cops’.

Demonstrators had gathered to demand the release of detainees who are in police custody following a raid on the campus of the National University of San Marcos (UNMSM) earlier in the day.

Police stormed the campus to remove alleged activists who had 'illegally trespassed' on the campus, authorities said.

As many as 205 people were removed from the campus and detained, according to local media.

Deadly protests have been ongoing across Peru after former President Pedro Castillo was impeached over corruption allegations, despite a last-ditch bid to dissolve Congress.

His vice president Dina Boluarte was sworn in as the country's first female president. Boluarte moved to bring forward elections by April 2024, but Castillo's backers view her rise to power as illegitimate.

Peruvian President Dina Boluarte stressed that she would not offer her resignation during a televised address last Saturday, January 14.

“Some voices that come out of the violent and radical ask for my resignation, stirring up the population, to chaos, disorder, and destruction. To them, I say responsibly: I am not going to resign. My commitment is with Peru and not with that tiny group that is making the country bleed,” the embattled President said.