Sat. Feb 4th, 2023

Scores of police raided a Lima college on Saturday, smashing down the gates with an armoured car, firing teargas and detaining greater than 200 individuals who had come to the Peruvian capital to participate in anti-government protests.

Photographs confirmed dozens of individuals mendacity face down on the bottom at San Marcos College after the shock police operation. College students mentioned they had been pushed, kicked and hit with truncheons as they had been pressured out of their dormitories.

The police raid on San Marcos College – the oldest within the Americas – is the most recent in a collection of affronts driving rising requires the president, Dina Boluarte, to step down after six weeks of unrest that has claimed 60 lives, whereas leaving a minimum of 580 injured and greater than 500 arrested.

Amid the demonstrations and with roadblocks paralysing a lot of the nation, Peruvian authorities on Saturday ordered the closure “till additional discover” of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and the Inca path that results in the world heritage archeological website – Peru’s greatest vacationer attraction which brings in additional than 1,000,000 guests a yr.

Rescue groups on Saturday had evacuated greater than 400 vacationers stranded on the iconic website, Peru’s ministry of tourism mentioned.

“This afternoon the 418 home and international guests had been transferred from the city of Machu Picchu to … Cusco,” the ministry’s Twitter account posted, together with photographs of a prepare and passengers.

The demonstrations started in early December in help of the ousted former president Pedro Castillo however have shifted overwhelmingly to demand Boluarte’s resignation, the closure of Congress and recent elections. Boluarte was Castillo’s vice-president and changed him after he tried to shutter congress and rule by decree on 7 December.

Individuals detained on the College of San Marcos campus in Lima. {Photograph}: Juan Mandamiento/AFP/Getty Photographs

A lot of these arrested in Saturday’s raid had travelled from southern Peru to the capital to participate in an illustration final Thursday labelled the “takeover of Lima” which started peacefully however descended into operating battles between protesters and riot police amid stone-throwing and swirls of teargas.

In a press release on Twitter, the workplace of the UN excessive commissioner for human rights known as on the Peruvian authorities to “make sure the legality and proportionality of the [police] intervention and ensures of due course of”. It emphasised the significance of the presence of prosecutors, who had been absent for the primary hours of the raid.

College students dwelling in halls of residence mentioned they had been violently pressured out of their rooms by armed police who busted in doorways and used shoves and kicks to eject them.

Esteban Godofredo, a 20-year-old political science scholar, was given medical therapy for accidents to his leg. “He hit me together with his stick and he threw me to the bottom and began kicking me,” Godofredo mentioned as he sat on the grass outdoors the residence with a closely bruised, bandaged proper calf.

Esteban Godofredo, a scholar, receives therapy for accidents to his leg. {Photograph}: Dan Collyns/The Guardian

Movies seen by the Guardian confirmed confused and terrified college students massed outdoors their halls, some nonetheless in pyjamas, as riot police shouted orders and insults. Younger males had been pressured to face towards 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,” mentioned Jenny Fuentes, 20, a scholar trainer. “They pressured us to kneel. Most of the ladies had been crying however they informed us to close up.”

“They didn’t inform us why we had been being pressured out of our rooms,” she mentioned. The group of about 90 college students, who had remained on campus in the course of the summer season holidays to work and research, had been then marched to the primary patio, a 10-minute stroll, the place the opposite individuals had been detained.

A number of hours after the raid, they’d not been allowed to return to their rooms which had been being searched by police.

Gadgets that Peruvian police mentioned belonged to detained protesters who had been staying on the campus of San Marcos College in Lima. {Photograph}: Dan Collyns/The Guardian

“I’ve been a scholar at San Marcos [University] and because the Eighties now we have not skilled such an outrage,” Susel Paredes, a congresswoman, mentioned as she was prevented from coming into the campus by a police cordon.

“The police have entered the college residence, the rooms of the feminine college students who had nothing to do with the demonstrators. They’ve threatened them and brought them out of their rooms whereas they had been sleeping.”

Paredes mentioned it was a flashback to common police and armed forces raids on the general public college within the Eighties and 90s, when the campus was seen as a hotbed for subversion in the course of the state’s battle with the Mao-inspired Shining Path rebels.

“We aren’t in that point, we’re supposedly underneath a democratic authorities that ought to respect basic rights,” Paredes mentioned.

Agence France-Presse contributed to this report

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