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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Interim President of Peru Resigns After Two Protesters Killed

Peruvian Interim President Manuel Merino has stepped down last Nov. 15, a day after two protesters died from gunshot wounds amid nearly a week of nationwide protests.

Peruvian Interim President Manuel Merino has stepped down last Nov. 15, a day after two protesters died from gunshot wounds amid nearly a week of nationwide protests.

“I present my irrevocable resignation. I call for peace and unity of all Peruvians,” Merino announced in a televised address

“Nothing justifies that a legitimate protest should trigger the death of Peruvians,” Merino also said, referring to the two protesters killed last Nov. 14 whose deaths increased the public call for Merino’s resignation.

The victims were identified as Jack Brian Pintado Sanchez and Jordan Inti Sotel Camargo, both in their 20s.

In addition to the first deaths in nearly a week of unrest in the South American country, the National Human Rights Coordinating Committee reported over 40 people missing and over a hundred people injured.

Photos and reports revealed that riot police directly fired at the crowds of protesters using tear gas, buckshot, and water cannon in tanks. Reports also said that helicopters fired tear gas in Lima.

The Congress announced that last Nov. 15 that it would appoint a new president, but protesters demanded that the Congress should choose from the small group of lawmakers who voted against elected President Martin Vizcarra’s removal.

Merino was sworn into office last Nov. 10, a day after the sudden ousting of Vizcarra in an impeachment vote in Congress, which quickly sparked protests in several cities in Peru.

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