Peru declares state of emgerency
Dec. 15, 2022
Peru’s government declared a national state of emergency yesterday. The move suspended the rights of assembly and freedom of transit, among other civil liberties, for 30 days. It will be enforced by national police, with the support of the military.
The declaration also empowers the police to search people’s homes without permission or judicial order. It comes just before the Christmas holidays, when many travel extensively to visit family, reports the Guardian.
The move comes after a week of protests, in which at least eight people have died. Demonstrators are calling for the release of former president Pedro Castillo, and early elections. But, more broadly, they are pushing back agains the perceived ouster of a poor, rural, leftist leader by the Lima political elite. (Reuters, see yesterday’s post.)
The measure had not been used this widely since the 1990s, when Peru was brutalized by the Shining Path terrorist group, reports the New York Times.
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In a handwritten letter, Castillo asked the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to intercede for his “rights and the rights of my Peruvian brothers who cry out for justice.” (Associated Press)
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