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Why are people protesting in Peru?


Team Udayavani, Nov 14, 2020, 2:58 PM IST

Fierce clashes in Peru between police and protesters have wounded at least 11 people. Thousands of Peruvians took to the streets to protest against the ousting of President Martin Vizcarra

Peruvian police have used water and tear gas to repel protests. On Monday, the legislative body voted to oust Mr Vizcarra over allegations he handed out government contracts in return for bribes.

Mr Vizcarra has denied the allegations, and enjoys continued support by many voters for his reform efforts.

According to the Guardian, Merino, a member of the center-right Popular Action party who had been congress head, swore in his new cabinet on Thursday and called for calm.

Merino appointed Jose Arista, a former farms minister and deputy finance minister, to the key economy portfolio. Carlos Herrera was appointed to the powerful energy and mining ministry after already served twice in the post.

As reported by Nypost, Crowds have gathered in the streets for days to protest the Congress vote, with dozens of demonstrators detained after clashes with police who have at times used tear gas, prompting concern from some human rights organizations.

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