Demonstrations are expected around Peru on Wednesday, January 2, and Thursday, January 3, to demand the resignation of Attorney General Pedro Chavarry. Rallies are planned in Lima on Wednesday from 16:00 to 21:00 (local time) at Plaza San Martin and in Arequipa at Plaza Espana from 17:00. Human rights groups are also calling for nationwide protests at main plazas on Thursday starting at 18:00. Demonstrations in Lima will be held at Plaza de Armas at 12:00 and an additional rally is planned from 18:00 at Plaza San Martin. Heightened security measures and localized traffic disruptions are expected around all protest sites. Further demonstrations are likely in the coming days.
Protest broke out across Peru on December 31 after Chavarry dismissed a team of prosecutors investigating the Odebrecht corruption scandal. Corruption is a major issue in Peru, where corruption scandals and mass protests have over the past year led to the resignation of former President Pedro Kuczynski, the president of the Supreme Court, and the Justice Minister.
Individuals in Peru are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests as a precaution, and obey all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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