About 5,000 tourists are stranded in the city of Cuzco after protests calling for the release of ousted President Pedro Castillo and snap elections in Peru, the mayor of the tourist city of Machu Picchu said on Friday, December 16.
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“We have 5,000 tourists stranded in Cusco, who are in their hotels waiting for flights to reactivate.”Darwin Baca, mayor of the neighboring Machu Picchu region, also located in Cusco, told AFP.
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As of Friday, the city’s airport was still closed, roads blocked, and rail transport paralyzed. Cusco’s Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, the third busiest in the country, has been closed since Monday as protesters tried to storm in as protests continue in the city of Cusco, according to the mayor.
18 demonstrators were killed
Hang ce temps, au Machu Picchu, quelque 200 touristes, principalement des Nord-Americains et des Europeans, ont quitté la zone à pied, longeant la voie de chemin de fer pour rejoindre la ville d’Ollantaytambo, at 30 km, où les attendent buses.
The train between the stone fortress and Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, which is 110 kilometers away, is really the only modern way to get to this gem of Peruvian tourism. In Aguas Calientes, a thermal village located in a steep valley at the foot of the historical site, through which you can reach Machu Picchu, dozens of tourists are also waiting.
“What they fear is reaching Cuzco and not being able to return to their country, because they fear the situation will get worse.”said the mayor. At least 18 people have been killed in protests and clashes with security forces that have rocked the country since December 7.
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The protests erupted after former president Pedro Castillo, a left-wing rural teacher from a humble background, unsuccessfully tried to dissolve parliament and rule by decree. He justified his decision by arguing that Parliament had prevented him from ruling and that he was being treated in a racist manner.
In Peru, President Pedro Castillo was deposed and arrested, and Vice President Dina Boluarte invested
He found no institutional support and was arrested while trying to reach the Mexican Embassy to seek asylum.
On Thursday, Al-Adl confirmed his preventive detention for 18 months, pending the conclusion of the investigation “insurgency” And the “Conspiracy”. Pedro Castillo has already been the subject of investigations, particularly for corruption, obstruction of justice, or influence peddling.