Peru Imposes Curfew to Quell Civil Unrest Over Rising Fuel and Fertilizer Prices

Peruvian President Pedro Castillo has announced a curfew in the capital, Lima on Monday in an attempt to curb mass protests against rising fuel and fertilizer costs.

“The cabinet has agreed to declare a ban on the mobility of citizens from 2 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. of Tuesday, April 5, to protect the fundamental rights of all people,” Castillo said in an address broadcast nationwide just before midnight.

On Monday, mass protests against rising fuel and fertilizer prices continued into their second week.

The government responded over the weekend with a proposal to forego most taxes on fuel to lower prices while raising the minimum wage by about 10% to $332 a month.

Earlier, the government said protests have become increasingly violent that at least four people have died.

On Monday, protesters burned toll booths and clashed with police near the southern city of Ica.

“This strike isn’t happening just here it’s all over Peru,” an anonymous protester in Ica said.

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