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Anti-coup strike continues in rural regions in Peru

Camila Escalante
Press TV, Desaguadero

In Peru, protests sparked by the removal of President Pedro Castillo continue after nearly three months. A new poll finds that most Peruvians believe that what took place was a coup carried out by the Congress against the elected president. Camila Escalante reports from the Peruvian town of Desaguadero.

The indefinite nationwide strike, which began on January 4th in protest at the Dina Boluarte administration, remains strong in the southern regions of Peru, with major road closures in several provinces, according to the ground transport authority.

Nearly all of the civilians that have been reported killed since the December 7th ouster of President Castillo, lost their lives in anti-government protests in this region of the country.

A newly released IPSOS poll finds that nationally, 51% of Peruvians believe that Pedro Castillo was ousted in a parliamentary coup--a number which surges to 69% in rural areas, like here in the Puno Region.

A preliminary report released this week by the International Human Rights and Solidarity Mission outlines numerous human rights abuses and calls for an investigation of the Peruvian state for crimes against humanity, for its excessive use of force against a defenseless civilian population and using lethal weapons.

Around the country, the demand for the resignation of Dina Boluarte, as well as immediate presidential elections continues to grow.

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