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Protesters in Peru demand justice for ousted President Pedro Castillo

By Julie Turkewitz and Mitra Taj

16 Dec 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Deadly violence erupted in Peru after its leftist president was arrested for trying to dissolve Congress. But his rural supporters still seem him as the voice of the marginalized. The NYT reports.

LIMA, Peru — Outside a detention center at the foot of the Andes Mountains, a camp has formed in recent days, with as many as 1,000 people traveling hundreds of miles to demand freedom for the highest-profile detainee: their former president, Pedro Castillo.

They will stay until he is reinstated, said a supporter, Milagros Rodriguez, 37, or until “civil war begins.”

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