Thousands of protesters in the Peruvian capital Lima have descended on the city, calling for change and angered by the protests’ mounting death toll.
Chaos in Lima as Peru protests spread
Peru’s capital Lima has awakened to find one of the city’s most historic buildings burnt to the ground after another night of anti-government protests that extended across the country, as the president vowed to get tougher on “vandals.”
The destruction on Friday of the building, a near-century-old mansion in central Lima, was described by officials as the loss of a “monumental asset.” Authorities are investigating.
It came as thousands of protesters descended on the city calling for change and angered by the protests’ mounting death toll, which officially rose to 45 on Thursday.
Protests have rocked Peru since President Pedro Castillo was ousted in December after he attempted to dissolve the legislature to prevent an impeachment vote.