Protest Leaders Arrested in Peru;  Congressman's house attacked

three leaders of an organization linked to the anti-government protests taking place in the southern region of Ayacucho were detained by the Police, while a congressman denounced that protesters attacked his home in the city of Puerto Maldonado, in the Amazon of Peru.

The detainees were the president of the Ayacucho People’s Defense Front (Fredepa), Rocio Leandro Melgartogether with the vice president Stefany Alanya Chumbesand the secretary of that organization Alejandro Manay Pillaca.

The National Police of Peru (PNP) confirmed on social networks that the leaders were arrested on Thursday night and the Ministry of the Interior added that the arrest was carried out by agents of the PNP and special prosecutors sent from Lime.

The ministry noted that Leandro Melgar will be transferred to Lime after having remained in the Ayacucho police station, “as far as some people criticized what happened”, for which reason the police protection had to be increased as a precautionary measure.

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He assured that the woman was part of “the terrorist organization Shining Path and she was arrested and committed to prisons for participating in attacks in the 80s and 90s.

Local media reported that the arrests occurred after the Huamanga Second Prosecutor Investigation Office expanded the preliminary investigation against “those found responsible” for the violent demonstrations that took place in Ayacucho, where 10 people died last December.

For his part, Congressman Eduardo Salhuana, from the right-wing Alianza Para el Progreso (APP) party, denounced that “a mob” attacked his home in the city of Puerto Maldonado, capital of the Amazon region of Madre de Dios, where there are also protests and blockades of demonstrators.

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Salhuana reiterated this Friday on television Channel N that groups of protesters attacked his home and intimidated citizens who reject the protests.

After learning about these events, the APP bench expressed solidarity with the legislator and pointed out on social networks that it “recognizes the right to peaceful social protest”, but rejected “any act of vandalism that threatens public and private property”.

During the morning of this Friday, it was reported that the blockades were maintained in various regions of the country, mainly in the south, although there have been no clashes, but new demonstrations are announced throughout the day.

The Ombudsman’s Office confirmed this Thursday that a 16-year-old teenager died in the southern city of Juliaca, bringing the total number of fatalities to 49 during the anti-government protests that have been taking place since December in Peru.

The protesters demand the resignation of President Dina Boluarte, the closure of Congress, the advancement of general elections to 2023 and the call for a constituent assembly.

The Superintendence of Land Transport of People, Cargo and Goods (Sutran) reported that this Friday morning the cut was maintained, due to the action of protesters, at 83 transit points, which involve 15 national roads, in 8 regions, mainly in the south of the country, where the protests are concentrated.

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