On Thursday, November 12, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Lima and across the country to protest the removal of former President Martin Vizcarra from power and the swearing-in of Manuel Merino as interim president. Participants in Lima planned to march from Plaza San Martín to Congress from 17:00 (local time). The peaceful march turned violent Thursday evening, with clashes reported between protesters and police forces from around 20:30 (local time). Police fired tear gas and pepper spray at those congregated on Abancay Avenue in efforts to disperse the demonstrators and block them reaching Congress. Similar incidents were reported elsewhere in the capital, with road closures and overland disruptions occurring, including near University Park, and along Nicolás de Piérola Avenue. There have been no immediate reports of injuries and an unknown number of protesters are believed to have been detained. Additional protests were held in main squares in urban centers nationwide.
Further associated demonstrations should be anticipated in the capital and in other urban centers across Peru in the coming days. A heightened security presence is to be expected in the vicinity of rallies and clashes between security forces and protesters is possible. Localized disruptions to business and transport is also likely in the vicinity of demonstrations.
On Monday, November 9, Peru's Congress voted to impeach Vizcarra over allegations he handed out government contracts in return for bribes. Vizcarra said he would accept the vote, not take any legal action, and leave the presidential palace.
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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