Tensions in Peru: the Quai d’Orsay urges the French not to go there

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VIDEO State of emergency in Peru protest worsens thousands

“A crisis unit has been opened by our embassy in Peru to respond to our nationals in difficulty”, said Anne-Claire Legendre, spokesperson for the Quai d’Orsay in a press release on Monday. She clarified that “first French nationals passing through were able to reach the capital”. Last week, she called for postponing the “non-essential travel”. In addition, the French Embassy is “fully mobilized (…) to continue facilitating these operations, particularly in the (southern) regions of Cuzco and Arequipa, and to assist” French nationals “still stuck”. The spokesperson did not specify the number of French people concerned.

At the origin of these unrest: violent protests, which began on December 7. The radical left ousted president Pedro Castillo, 53, ordered that day the dissolution of Parliament, which had shortly after voted, by a large majority, his dismissal for “moral incapacity”. He had been arrested while trying to find refuge in the Mexican Embassy. Overwhelmed, the government immediately declared a state of emergency throughout the country. Since then, his supporters have demanded the release of Pedro Castillo, the resignation of his successor, Dina Boluarte (who has already announced that she will not leave), the dissolution of Parliament and immediate general elections.

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