In the most violent outburst of a month-old political crisis, protestors trying to attack an airport in Peru battled with security forces, resulting in at least 12 fatalities.
According to a representative of the neighborhood ombudsman’s office, this latest massacre occurred in Juliaca, a city in the Puno region, in the southeast.
The demonstrators wanted President Dina Boluarte to step down. She gained office on December 7 after Pedro Castillo was deposed and taken into custody.
In this nation plagued by years of political instability, Castillo’s dismissal following his attempt to dissolve congress and begin ruling by decree — for which he was under investigation for corruption — has sparked weeks of riots across.
Boluarte should step down immediately, say protesters furious with the dismissal of the communist Castillo. They have already been accelerated from April 2026 to now.
An employee at Calos Monge Hospital confirmed to a Peruvian TV channel that the victims of the murders on Monday in Juliaca had gunshot wounds.
38 individuals were hurt during the skirmishes, according to the health ministry.