At least 17 dead in deadliest day of anti-government protests in Peru

At least 17 dead in deadliest day of anti-government protests in Peru
# 10 January 2023 10:16 (UTC +04:00)

At least 17 people were killed in clashes with police in southern Peru, the country's human rights office said on Monday, the deadliest day so far of protests demanding early elections and the release of jailed former president Pedro Castillo, APA reports citing Reuters.

The clashes occurred in Juliaca, a city near the banks of Lake Titicaca in southern Peru's Puno region, and left 68 people injured, Henry Rebaza, a Puno health ministry official, told the state-run television channel TV Peru. The dead included at least two teenagers, according to the ministry.

Some of the bodies had bullet wounds, Puno's regional health director, Ismael Cornejo, told local radio station RPP.

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