Canadians traveling to Peru urge ‘extreme caution’ amid unrest – National

Canada has issued a travel warning for citizens traveling to Peru, citing high levels of crime, social unrest and strikes.

In an announcement on Tuesday, Canadian travelers were advised to “exercise a high level of caution” and avoid unnecessary travel to certain areas of Peru due to “incidents of domestic terrorism and criminal activity such as drug trafficking, robberies, kidnapping, extortion and raids.” .”

Citizens have also been urged to avoid non-essential travel to the border areas with Colombia and Ecuador.

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BC residents caught up in civil unrest in Peru

The Canadian government said the political situation in Peru has been particularly volatile since early December. “Violent demonstrations” and “clashes between demonstrators and security forces have resulted in casualties,” the guide says.

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Protests erupted across Peru after former leftist President Pedro Castillo was ousted by Congress on December 7. Castillo was arrested after illegally attempting to dissolve the Andean nation’s Congress ahead of an impeachment vote.

Former Vice President Dina Boluarte replaced Castillo after his impeachment, becoming the first female President in Peru’s history.

Castillo, who was charged with rebellion and conspiracy, urged his supporters to go to jail and said he should be released in a handwritten message on Wednesday Twitter.

The Peruvian Supreme Court says it is reviewing the prosecutor’s request for preventive detention of up to 18 months for Castillo.

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According to government officials, at least six people, mostly teenagers, have died in clashes with police since December 7.

Meanwhile, a BC man visiting his girlfriend in Peru said the protests are not aimed at tourists.

Colin Worobetz told Global News that he plans to stay in the country until December 22 and if the unrest delays his departure, he will put up with it.

“The people here are not angry with us. As tourists, we’re not in the crosshairs here,” he said.

Canadians have also been advised to ensure they have insurance and keep up to date with what is happening in their location. They have been urged not to attempt to cross roadblocks that protesters have set up to disrupt traffic.

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The Peruvian President was overthrown by Congress and arrested for rebellion amid a political crisis

Arequipa and Cuzco airports have suspended all activities until further notice, the advisory said, adding that protesters could also block access to other airports.

The regions of Apurimac, Arequipa and Ica have declared states of emergency that could be extended to other regions.

– with files from Reuters and Global News’ Simon Little & Kylie Stanton

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