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Peru Declares State of Emergency  

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Peru has declared a nationwide state of emergency, amid a week of protest and political upheaval.

Peruvian defence minister, Alberto Otarola announced the new 30-day measure, due to acts of vandalism and violence, including road blocks.

Otarola noted that the National Police with the support of the Armed Forces will ensure the control throughout the national territory of personal property and, above all, strategic infrastructure and the safety and wellbeing of all Peruvians.

This came as a judge ordered former President Pedro Castillo to remain in prison on charges of rebellion and conspiracy for another 48 hours in the run-up to a release hearing.

Written by: Helen Obih

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