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15 Nov 2020 | 10:29 AM UTC

Peru: Fatalities reported amid protests in Lima on November 14 /update 1

Fatalities reported amid pro-democracy protests in Peru on November 14

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Event

At least two people have been killed in Lima following pro-democracy protests on Saturday, November 14. The demonstrations are currently being held to protest the removal of former President Martin Vizcarra from power and the swearing-in of Manuel Merino as interim president. Both casualties had ]allegedly been shot by police forces, this comes after almost a week of unrest and demonstrations in the country.

Additionally, 30 people were arrested on Saturday and over 30 people were reportedly injured during the demonstration. Riot police reportedly used tear gas to disperse demonstrators at the event.

Further associated demonstrations should be anticipated in the capital and in other urban centers across Peru in the coming days. A heightened security presence is to be expected in the vicinity of rallies and clashes between security forces and protesters is possible. Localized disruptions to business and transport is also likely in the vicinity of demonstrations.

Context

On Monday, November 9, Peru's Congress voted to impeach Vizcarra over allegations he handed out government contracts in return for bribes. Vizcarra said he would accept the vote, not take any legal action, and leave the presidential palace.

Advice

Individuals in Peru are advised to avoid the vicinity of the ceremony as a precaution, monitor developments, anticipate transportation and business disruptions near protest sites, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.

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