Peruvian President Pedro Castillo announced a curfew for yesterday for the capital, Lima, and neighboring port city Callao following a demonstration that caused roadblocks and “acts of violence.”
Protests had erupted across the country in the past few days due to a hike in fuel prices and tolls, during a period in which Peru is also experiencing a rise in food prices.
In an attempt to appease protesters, the government canceled the fuel tax over the weekend.
However, the demonstration on Monday saw truckers and passenger carrier drivers continue to take to the streets in Lima, as well as several regions in the north — from the coastal city of Piura to the densely forested Amazonas.
Castillo late on Monday announced that Peru’s Council of Ministers had approved a curfew for the following day.
“In view of the acts of violence that some groups have wanted to create ... and in order to re-establish peace ... the Council of Ministers has approved the declaration of citizen immobility [curfew] from 2am to 11:59pm on Tuesday, April 5,” he said in a televised message.
Several violent incidents, including the burning of toll booths on highways, looting in stores, and clashes between protesters and police occurred during the first such stoppage faced by Castillo’s government.
Protesters also blocked the Pan-American Highway, Peru’s most important transport and traffic artery snaking north to south, and classes at schools were suspended.
“I call for calm and serenity,” he said during his brief appearance on television. “Social protest is a constitutional right, but it must be done within the law.”
The US’ embassy in Peru had issued an “alert” regarding the demonstrations earlier on Monday, calling for US citizens to “avoid the areas.”
“Past demonstrations in Lima have turned violent,” it said.
The demonstrations were largely organized by the Union of Multimodal Transport Guilds of Peru in response to the hike in fuel prices.
The Peruvian government eliminated the fuel tax over the weekend, and Castillo also decreed a 10 percent increase in the monthly minimum wage, effective next month, but the General Confederation of Peruvian Workers, the country’s main trade union, rejected the wage increase, calling the measure “insufficient.”
The union called on its affiliates to march tomorrow.
Last week, Castillo survived an impeachment attempt by legislators, the second time during his eight-month administration.
FEELING THREATENED: The first military commission under Kim Jong-un’s leadership to last longer than a day is a sign of a growing escalatory doctrine, an analyst said North Korea discussed assigning additional duties to its frontline army units at a key military meeting, state media said yesterday, suggesting that the country might deploy battlefield nuclear weapons targeting South Korea along the rivals’ tense border. The discussion comes as South Korean officials said North Korea has finished preparations for its first nuclear test in five years, as part of possible efforts to build a warhead to be mounted on short-range weapons capable of hitting targets in South Korea. During an ongoing meeting of the Central Military Commission of the ruling Workers’ Party on Wednesday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and
TRADE TALK: Xiao Qian said that Australia had fired the ‘first shot’ in deteriorating trade relations with China, but improvements were possible if Canberra takes action China’s new ambassador to Australia chided protesters who heckled him yesterday during a speech about the future of relations between the two countries. Xiao Qian (肖千), who has only been in the role since January, had just begun his speech at the University of Technology Sydney when the first protesters interjected, calling for freedom for Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong. The ambassador was repeatedly interrupted by sign-wielding protesters, some criticizing China’s treatment of the Uighur people as well as the university for inviting Xiao to speak. “People who are coming again and again to interrupt the process, that’s not expression of freedom of
China’s COVID-19 outbreak is shifting to its south coast, with a flareup in Shenzhen triggering mass testing and a lockdown of some neighborhoods, while Macau — an hour’s drive away — is racing to stop its first outbreak in eight months. The new cases come as China’s two most important cities, Beijing and Shanghai, look to be subduing the virus after months of strict curbs and repeated testing. Shanghai yesterday reported nine local cases, while Beijing reported five. Nationwide, China yesterday reported 34 new COVID-19 infections. Yet new clusters continue to emerge, prompting action from local officials. Borders are increasingly under pressure, with
New Zealand stargazers were left puzzled and awed by strange, spiraling light formations in the night sky on Sunday night. At about 7:25pm, Alasdair Burns, a stargazing guide on Stewart Island, also called Rakiura, received a text from a friend saying to go outside and look at the sky. He went out and saw a huge, blue spiral of light amid the darkness. “It looked like an enormous spiral galaxy, just hanging there in the sky,” Burns said. “Quite an eerie feeling.” “We quickly banged on the doors of all our neighbors to get them out as well. And so there were