On Monday, December 19, the French Foreign Ministry called on the French not to go to Peru because of the violent protests that followed the dismissal of President Pedro Castillo. “We remind our compatriots that (…) trips to Peru should be avoided”Anne Claire Legendre, a spokeswoman for Quai d’Orsay, said in a press release Monday. Last week I called them to postpone “non-essential travel”.
“A crisis unit has been opened by our embassy in Peru to respond to our compatriots who are facing difficulties”as she indicated on Monday, defining it “The first French subjects in transit managed to reach the capital”.
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Moreover, the French Embassy Fully packed […] To continue to facilitate these operations, in particular in the (southern) regions of Cusco and Arequipa, and to provide assistance “ French citizens “still stuck”.
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The spokesman did not specify the number of French people involved. A note posted on the Quai d’Orsay website states that the airports of Arequipa, Juliaca, Ayacucho and Andahualias are temporarily closed. The authorities are gradually reopening. Cusco Airport began restoring some flights to Lima on Friday December 16th at midday. Arequipa could soon organize the first links with the capital. Numerous roads across the country have been closed preventing land transit between major cities. »
The demonstrators demanded the release of Pedro Castillo and the resignation of his successor, Dina Boloart, who has already announced that she will not leave, the dissolution of Parliament and immediate general elections.
The most violent protests took place in the poverty-stricken Andean region of southern Peru, where social grievances have long gone unaddressed. Follow France “with concern” The situation in Peru, where the violence left more than twenty dead and hundreds injured.
“We call for an immediate end to the violence and the resumption of dialogue to find a peaceful solution in accordance with the rule of law and the constitution.”said a spokesman for the French ministry. “We call on all actors to engage in the necessary political reforms to resolve the crisis and the country’s democratic stability.”.