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13 avr. 2019 | 07h12 UTC

Peru: Two killed in coca eradication campaign on April 12

Peru Alerte de sécurité

Clashes between farmers and security forces in Puno region on April 12 leave two dead, one critically wounded; further violence possible in coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 13/4/2019, 12h00 until 27/4/2019, 11h59 (America/Lima). COUNTRY/REGION Puno

Event

Fighting between farmers and security forces killed two people and left one other critically wounded in Puno region on Friday, April 12. The conflict occurred during a coca eradication campaign in San Gaban district around dawn (local time). According to Peruvian police, people armed with machetes attacked a camp of police and civilians. A local mayor claims that police opened fire indiscriminately. An investigation into the incident is underway. Further violence and an increased security presence are possible in Puno and other coca producing regions is possible in the coming weeks and months.

Context

Peru is one of the world's leading producers of cocaine, made from the coca plant, which is a much more lucrative cash crop than regional alternatives. The Peruvian government plans to eradicate 25,000 hectares (62,000 acres) of illegal coca crops by 2021.

Advice

Individuals in Puno region, and Peru more generally, are advised to remain vigilant for suspicious behavior, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments, and limit nighttime travel in rural areas.

 

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