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Tensions rise in Peru, protests leave more than 40 dead

Protests by radical sectors continued yesterday, Wednesday, in the southern Andean region of Peru with road blockades and mass vigils for the dead left behind by clashes with security forces, while the United States called for "moderation" on all sides.

At the same time, an observation mission of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) arrived in Lima to evaluate "the human rights situation in the context of the social protests", which have left at least 40 deaths since a month ago and are spreading to other areas such as the tourist capital, Cusco.

In the midst of the social tension, the public prosecutor's office opened on Tuesday an investigation for alleged crime of "genocide" against President Dina Boluarte, who imposed a curfew in the Andean region of Puno to stop the violent demonstrations, which only between Monday and Tuesday left 17 civilians dead and a policeman burned inside his patrol, the institution reported.

The epicenter of the protests is in the Aymara region of Puno, on the border with Bolivia, where thousands of residents walked the streets of Juliaca with coffins of the 17 civilian victims of Monday.

The white and brown coffins were carried by their relatives. Each one bore a photograph and a Peruvian flag covering it completely.

"Dina killed me with bullets," read the white coffin of Edgar Huaranca, carried on the shoulders of six family members.


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