Peru police make violent raid on Lima’s San Marcos tuition - The Guardian

ratings of police raided a Lima tuition on Saturday, smashing down the gates with an armoured automobile, firing teargas and detaining more than 200 individuals who had come to the Peruvian capital to take half in anti-government protests.

pictures confirmed dozens of americans lying face down on the ground at San Marcos college after the surprise police operation. students told the Guardian they have been pushed, kicked and hit with truncheons as they had been compelled out of their dormitories.

The police raid on San Marcos university – the oldest in the Americas – is the latest in a collection of affronts riding turning out to be calls for President Dina Boluarte to step down after six weeks of unrest that has claimed 60 lives, while leaving as a minimum 580 injured and greater than 500 arrested.

The demonstrations started in early December in aid of the ousted former president Pedro Castillo but have shifted overwhelmingly to demand Boluarte's resignation, the closure of Congress and clean elections. Boluarte become Castillo's vice-president and replaced him after he tried to shutter congress and rule with the aid of decree on 7 December.

individuals detained on the tuition of San Marcos campus in Lima. image: Juan Mandamiento/AFP/Getty photographs

many of these arrested in Saturday's raid had travelled from southern Peru to the capital to take half in an indication remaining Thursday labelled the "takeover of Lima" which begun peacefully however descended into working battles between protesters and rebellion police amid stone-throwing and swirls of teargas.

In a statement on Twitter, the workplace of the UN excessive commissioner for human rights called on the Peruvian authorities to "be certain the legality and proportionality of the [police] intervention and ensures of due manner". It emphasised the importance of the presence of prosecutors, who were absent for the primary hours of the raid.

college students residing in halls of dwelling noted they were violently forced out of their rooms by way of armed police who busted in doors and used shoves and kicks to eject them.

Esteban Godofredo, a 20-year-old political science pupil, become given medical treatment for injuries to his leg. "He hit me along with his stick and he threw me to the ground and commenced kicking me," Godofredo advised the Guardian as he sat on the grass outdoor the residence with a closely bruised, bandaged right calf.

Esteban Godofredo, a scholar, receives medication for injuries to his leg. photo: Dan Collyns/The Guardian

videos seen through the Guardian confirmed perplexed and terrified college students massed outdoor their halls, some nevertheless in pyjamas, as rebellion police shouted orders and insults. younger men have been forced to stand against a wall or kneel in a row.

"They pointed their weapons at us, and shouted 'Out out.' We didn't even have time to get our IDs," spoke of Jenny Fuentes, 20, a pupil trainer. "They compelled us to kneel. many of the women have been crying but they advised us to close up."

"They didn't tell us why we were being forced out of our rooms," she mentioned. The group of about ninety college students, who had remained on campus throughout the summer vacation trips to work and look at, have been then marched to the leading patio, a 10-minute stroll, where the different americans had been detained.

a couple of hours after the raid, they'd no longer been allowed to come back to their rooms which have been being searched by using police.

objects that Peruvian police stated belonged to detained protesters who had been staying on the campus of San Marcos university in Lima. graphic: Dan Collyns/The Guardian

"I have been a student at San Marcos [University] and since the Nineteen Eighties we haven't experienced such an outrage," Susel Paredes, a congresswoman, told the Guardian as she turned into avoided from entering the campus via a police cordon.

"The police have entered the institution house, the rooms of the feminine students who had nothing to do with the demonstrators. they have threatened them and brought them out of their rooms whereas they have been napping."

Paredes mentioned it become a flashback to average police and military raids on the general public school in the 1980s and 90s, when the campus was considered as a hotbed for subversion throughout the state's battle with the Mao-impressed Shining direction rebels.

"We aren't in that point, we are supposedly under a democratic govt that should appreciate primary rights," Paredes stated.

Amid the demonstrations and with roadblocks paralysing an awful lot of the nation, Peruvian authorities on Saturday ordered the closure "until additional observe" of the Inca fortress of Machu Picchu and the Inca trail that leads to the world heritage archeological web page – Peru's biggest vacationer appeal which brings in additional than 1 million company a 12 months.

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