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Riots in Peru: At least 400 tourists evacuated from Machu Picchu


After being stranded at the foot of Machu Picchu due to unrest in Peru, more than 400 tourists were evacuated from the Inca site on Saturday by local authorities. According to AFP, Peru’s Ministry of Tourism confirmed the information on Twitter: “This afternoon, 418 national (Peruvian) and foreign tourists have been transferred from the village of Machu Picchu to Cuzco”. Tourists were transported to the Inca imperial and tourist capital of Peru by train, the only means of transport connecting Cuzco.

Machu Picchu closed to the public

Tourists had been stranded at the Machu Picchu site for several days, their access having been damaged by protesters. As AFP remembers, these visitors had signed up on the lists on Friday in Aguas Calientes to be evacuated.

One of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World has been closed to the public since Saturday morning. The Ministry of Culture of Peru clarified that this decision followed “social condition” in the country and that, therefore, it was necessary “Keep visitors safe”. In December, around 300 tourists had already been stranded in Machu Picchu. Finally they had been evacuated by a train framed by the police, with railway workers to repair the track.

More than 45 dead in riots

Demonstrations have continued in Peru since the beginning of December to demand the resignation of the Peruvian president, Dina Boluarte, as well as the dissolution of Parliament and the formation of a Constituent Assembly, AFP reports. Numerous clashes broke out between demonstrators and the police, to the point of causing deaths. On Friday, in Ilave, in the Puno region near Bolivia, a protester died after being injured during the clashes. A total of 46 people have lost their lives in the unrest since December 7.

Source : Le JDD
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