Jan. 19 (UPI) — Protestors from across Peru are traveling to the capital city of Lima to demand the resignation of President Dina Boluarte.
The head of Peru’s National Police in Lima, Victor Sanabria, told reporters that nearly 12,000 police officers were deployed in the capital. Key government buildings were reinforced in anticipation of further protests.
Protestors took to the streets of the South American nation in December, demanding the reinstatement of former president Pedro Castillo, who was impeached in December after attempting to dissolve congress in the wake of previous impeachment attempts.
Castillo attempted to flee the country but was detained before he could leave.
Several members of President Boluarte’s cabinet have resigned in protest of her handling of the crisis, and Peru’s top prosecutor is conducting an inquiry into her role in the crackdown.
While the demonstrations began in support of Castillo, the demands have evolved, with many protestors now calling for the resignation of Boluarte and fresh elections.