Thousands of protesters gathered in several Peruvian cities on Tuesday, November 10, after Speaker of the Congress Manuel Merino was sworn in as president following the impeachment of President Martin Vizcarra on Monday, November 9. Large protests took place in Lima, Cusco, Piura, Arequipa, Trujillo, Tacna, Chiclayo, Puno, Huancayo, Huancavelica, and other cities. In Cusco, security forces reportedly dispersed protesters using tear gas and light scuffles between protesters and the police were reported on Tuesday. Arrests were also reported in Piura.
Protesters in Arequipa have announced that demonstrations will continue in the city on Wednesday, November 11. The time and location for any protests has not been confirmed, but protesters gathered in Plaza España and marched until Plaza de Armas on Tuesday. Related gatherings are also likely to continue in other cities. A heightened police presence is expected and localized disruptions are likely around protests.
Those in Peru, particularly in Lima, are advised to monitor the situation, avoid any associated protests as a precaution, and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities.
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