At least three more people are reported to have died amid protests against Peru’s President Dina Boluarte. Dozens of lives have been lost during weeks of demonstrations after former leader Pedro Castillo was ousted.
Police used tear gas to disperse crowds in the capital Lima, where thousands of protesters from rural areas have spent days converging. A woman died in the southern town of Macusani, where a police station is reported to have been set on fire. The 35-year-old woman was admitted to hospital without any vital signs, according to emergency services.
Separately, Peru’s human rights watchdog reported two further deaths as a result of blockades in the northern La Libertad region.
In a tweet, it said a 51-year-old woman had died, and that “a teenager lost her baby”.
The deaths come ahead of a large-scale protest planned for Thursday afternoon in the capital. Journalist Neil Giardino told the BBC that “anger indignation made its way to Lima” as thousands of indigenous people from the highlands descended on the capital.
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