PERU: Peru’s famous tourist site, Machu Picchu, was shut down by authorities in Cusco because of protests against the country’s new president. At least 200 people were arrested after entering Lima State University’s campus illegally.
In light of the anti-government protests spreading like wildfire across the nation, the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail have been shut down to protect tourists and citizens.
Luis Fernando Helguero says that a successful rescue programme was set up to help the 418 people who were stuck in the Inca citadel from the 15th century leave the site.
The tourism ministry, however, announced that all tourists, including a total of 148 foreigners and 270 Peruvians, had been successfully rescued, and that means of transport had been arranged for them.
Peru’s culture minister has said that visitors who bought tickets to visit the monumental wonder of the earth could use them for a month after the protests have died or get a refund.
The violent police clashes with the protesters, which led to the deaths of a dozen protesters on Friday, commenced after Peru’s leader was expelled in December last year.
Police used tear gas to stop the demonstrations amidst a city raging with fire.
Peruvian protesters demand the acting president, Dina Boluarte, step down and conduct fresh elections. They also require the left-wing predecessor, Pedro Castillo, who is facing charges of dissolving the legislature, to be released. Pedro denies the accusations made against him.
Properties in the country were significantly affected due to the raging violent protests and damaged train tracks that led to the suspension of rail services.
58 Peruvians were reported to have been injured, and 46 people were reported to have been killed in the clash that lasted for one week. Nine people have been reported dead due to traffic accidents.
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