More than 400 tourists were evacuated from Machu Picchu after being trapped in the region due to intense protests.

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The Peruvian government had announced an “indefinite” closure of the Inca city, alleging damage to the railway allegedly caused by protesters

More than 400 tourists were evacuated from Machu Picchu after being trapped in the region due to intense protests

More than 400 tourists were evacuated from Machu Picchu after intense protests in the area. (REUTERS)

More than 400 touristswho were stranded near Machu Picchu due to the protests calling for the resignation of President Dina Boluarte and the closure of Congress, were evacuated by rescue teams, according to information from the Ministry of Tourism

This afternoon the transfer of 418 national and foreign visitors was achieved, from Machu Picchu town to the capital of Cusco” by rail, said the Ministry of Tourism.< /p>

The government had announced the closure of the Inca citadel for an “indefinite period of time”, alleging security reasons in the face of the intense protests that have already left a balance of 62 people dead since they began in December.< /p>

The decision had been made after therailway service between Cusco and Machu Picchu -the only means available between the two points- was suspended due to damage to the railway allegedly provoked by protesters.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people gathered again this Saturday night in the center of Lima, around the Congress, and new incidents broke out, albeit minor.

The European Union (EU) raised its voice on the crisis and lamented “the large number of fatalitiess” and called on the government and the opposition “to take urgent measures to restore calm”.

More than 400 tourists were evacuated from Machu Picchu after being trapped in the region due to intense protests

The decision had been made after the railway service between Cusco to Machu Picchu -the only means available between the two points- was suspended due to damage to the railway allegedly caused by the protesters.

This Saturday he died A protester who had been seriously injured since Friday by police repression at protests in Ilave, in the southern region of Puno, told the AFP news agency Jacinto Ticona, Ombudsman of that town, who called on the police to not make a “disproportionate use of force”.

Images that have gone viral on social media show police officers shootingthe body of demonstrators in the main square of Ilave, a small town at an altitude of 3,800 m near Lake Titicaca, on the border with Bolivia.

The repression in Ilave unleashed the anger of the population, which set fire to the police station at dawn on Saturday, according to local media.

Clashes between Aymara residents and forces Police officers left 10 wounded in that city, hospital sources said.

In Lima, the police forced their way into the Universidad Nacional de San Marcos, breaking a huge fence with a riot vehicle, and detained dozens of indigenous protesters and students who were spending the night there. .

Students and human rights organizations went to the university headquarters to reject police intervention.

More than 400 tourists were evacuated from Machu Picchu after being trapped in the region due to intense protests

In Lima, the Police forcefully entered the National University of San Marcos, breaking a huge fence with a riot vehicle, and detained dozens of indigenous protesters and students who were staying there overnight.

“I have relatives here inside (…) we don't know what can happen to them. I don't know what they are accused of, ”she told AFP Luz María Ramirez, 62, who arrived from Andahuaylas, the epicenter of the mobilizations in December.

Lawyers who arrived at the scene denounced that they were not allowed to be present. The protesters had stayed overnight at the university despite the institution's refusal.

The university said that the Police acted “ex officio”because the occupiers did not fulfill the supposed promise to withdraw on Thursday.

The Minister of the Interior, Vicente Romero, stated on Channel N television that the intervention was ordered “in flagrante delicto ” after reports from university authorities of the commission of crimes by some of the occupants.

he added that the detainees face charges of acts against property and disturbance of the peace

A spokesman for the Prosecutor's Office, Alfonso Barrenechea, said that there are about 200 detainees, who were taken to the Lima Prefecture.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights urged “ensuring the legality and proportionality of the intervention and guarantees of due process” and stressed that bringing the detainees “before judicial authorities and fiscal supervision is essential for the protection of the rights of all people”.

More than 400 tourists were evacuated from Machu Picchu after being trapped in the region due to intense protests

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights urged “to ensure the legality and proportionality of the intervention and guarantees of due process.” (AP)

The Ombudsman denounced that he was not allowed to enter the university during the intervention. The same thing happened with opposition parliamentarians.

People even came to the Prefecture to express support for the detainees. “It is an abuse what they are doing. They call them terrorists, but they are peasants who have come to make their demands,” said Dalia Sánchez, a 64-year-old unemployed woman.

The authorities allege that the marches are promoted by radical left-wing social movements and groups that have mobilized indigenous peasants from the south.

The protests began after the removal and arrest of President Pedro Castillo on 7 December after he tried to dissolve Parliament, which was about to remove him from power for alleged corruption.

(With information from AFP)

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