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Protests in Peru Escalate After Ousting of President

Police in Peru used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowd of protesters last Nov. 12, injuring at least 11 people, human rights groups said.

Police in Peru used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowd of protesters last Nov. 12, injuring at least 11 people, human rights groups said.

Amnesty International reported that police directly fired at protesters in the vicinity of the Superior Court of Justice in Lima.

The National Human Rights Coordinating Committee in Peru said that four journalists were among the injured.

Amnesty International also said that the Peruvian National Police (PNP) officers in civilian clothes made arbitrary arrests of protesters, citing a report from the PNP that said people were detained for “disturbances, aggression,and resistance to authority.”

Executive Director of Amnesty International Peru Marina Navarro said, “This political crisis is generating a human rights crisis due to the violent repression of the protests. The authorities must prioritize the protection of the population over any political interest.”

Since Nov. 10, more than 15 people have been injured, with three in serious condition, Amnesty International said.

Thousands gathered on the streets across Peru to protest against the sudden ousting of President Martin Vizcarra who was impeached last Nov. 9 due to bribery allegations, which he denied.

Interim President Manuel Merino, who helped oust Vizcarra, assumed office last Nov. 10 amid protests.

“We respect those who have a dissenting opinion, but we call for calm and responsibility so that any political expression is given within the scope of tranquility and non-violence,” Merino said in a speech after swearing in his new cabinet amid protests.

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