Seventeen Die in Peru Clashes

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At least 17 people have been killed in clashes in southern Peru after protests demanding the release of jailed former President Pedro Castillo resumed.

According to the country’s human rights office, it was the highest death toll since the unrest began in early December following Castillo’s removal and arrest.

Castillo is serving 18 months of pre-trial detention on charges of rebellion, which he denies.

His successor, Dina Boluarte, has supported a plan to push up to 2024 elections for president and Congress originally scheduled for 2026, she has also expressed support for judicial investigations into whether security forces have acted with excessive force.

Written by: Helen Obih

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