Peru: Two dead as thousands clash with police over new govt in Lima

Tear gas and fireworks flew in Lima's historic centre Plaza San Martin on Saturday night, as police officers clashed with thousands of protesters for the sixth consecutive day. The protesters rallied against the new transitional government led by the recently sworn-in president Manuel Merino and the decision of Congress to remove the former president Martin Vizcarra. Protesters covered with shields threw fireworks and stones at the police, as officers responded by firing pellets towards the demonstrators. Paramedics assisted two injured protesters by tear gas and carried a bleeding wounded young man as another condemned the action. «That they [police] don't attack us, that they don't throw pellets, that they don't shoot? Look, look what they do,» the protester said. Several international organisations such as the United Nations (UN) and The Organisation of American States (OAS) expressed their concerns about the impact of recent protests. The authorities said least two protesters were died after being shot. At least 10 were injured after the protests turned deadly. Around 30 have been detained, according to local media. The new cabinet was sworn in on Thursday. Nine of Merino's cabinet members resigned on Saturday night and an emergency session has been called to discuss Merino stepping down. The Peruvian Congress voted overwhelmingly to remove Vizcarra over allegations that he has accepted bribes, which he denies. Peruvian media has pointed out that 68 of Peru's 130 members of Congress are under investigation on charges including abuse of power, corruption and homicide. Merino is facing charges of having illegally tried to gain the support of the military in Congress to secure Vizcarra's removal. The vote, which came weeks after a previous impeachment attempt, was a surprise to many as Peru has a presidential election scheduled in April of 2021.

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