Peru protests: President Boluarte ‘will not resign’

Peru’s President, Dina Boluarte, has refused to step down despite weeks of anti-government protests rocking the deeply-divided country.

“I will not resign. My commit­ment is with Peru,” she said in a live televised address on Friday night.

Violent clashes in recent weeks have left dozens dead and scores injured.

Ms Boluarte said she regret­ted deaths that happened during clashes with the security forces, but she insisted she would continue as leader.

The violence was triggered by the arrest of the former president, Pedro Castillo, in December after he attempted to suspend Congress after losing an impeachment vote.

Mr Castillo’s supporters have been demanding new elections and calling for Ms Boluarte’s removal.

But the president rejected the possibility of calling a constitution­al assembly as demanded by pro­testers, saying it could not happen overnight.

She has accused radical factions of causing chaos, disorder and de­struction and bringing the country to a standstill.

Several members of Ms Boluar­te’s government resigned on Friday, including the interior minister. The country also saw a tenth consecu­tive day of clashes following a new year lull.

Earlier in the week, Peru’s pub­lic prosecutor launched a prelim­inary investigation into genocide allegations against Ms Boluarte relating to deaths of protesters in the unrest.

The head of US diplomacy for Latin America, Brian Nichols, wrote on Twitter that Washington was “deeply concerned about ongoing violence in

Peru and saddened by the inju­ries and deaths”.

“We support peace on all sides and the government’s stated commitments to address the challenges gripping the country,” he added.

Guatemalan lawyer, Stuardo Ralon, called for an investigation into allegations of excessive force by the security forces.

Puno governor, Richard Hanc­co, whose southern department became the epicentre of clashes between protesters and security forces, asked: “How many more deaths will Dina Boluarte’s pres­ence in the presidency cost?” —BBC

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