Blockades cause lack of food and fuel Peru

The shortage of some basic products, as well as the increase in the price of fuel and food in the southern Andean provinces, the epicenter of the demonstrations for the resignation of the president, Dina Boluarte, begin to appear when the crisis in Peru.

The mobilizations have so far left 46 dead, including a policeman, after six weeks of political and social crisis marked by roadblocks and protests in different parts of the country.

“I am not going to surrender to authoritarian groups that want to impose solutions that are not part of our constitutional order or the democratic tradition,” said Boluarte in a virtual intervention before the OAS Permanent Council in which he advocated holding new elections.

In the morning, dozens of protesters marched in front of the US embassy to criticize Washington’s support for the government.

While in the Ica region, 250 km south of Lima, a pitched battle broke out between riot police and violent protesters with covered faces, with tear gas and stones being exchanged when law enforcement tried to unblock the picket-guarded Panamericana Sur highway.

An imprecise number of police officers was injured and taken to hospitals in Pisco, according to television images.

But attention was focused from early on on the shortage of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), the main fuel for vehicles and domestic use in Peru, which was felt in Cusco, Arequipa, Tacna and Puno, southern regions that claim to be the most poor, forgotten and discriminated against by their majority indigenous populations.

“They already informed me that LPG ran out in Arequipa,” said Alexander Cornejo, a representative of the taxi drivers, in statements to RPP radio. In the Amazon region of Madre de Dios, on the border with Brazil and Bolivia, there are food and fuel shortages due to roadblocks.

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