January 27, 2023

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Chaos in Peru, dozens of Italians stranded in Machu Picchu – the world

Hundreds of foreign tourists, including dozens of Italians, have been stranded since Tuesday in the tourist region of Machu Picchu in Peru, after train services were suspended due to violent protests linked to the dismissal and arrest of former President Pedro Castillo. Italian diplomatic sources told ANSA that they had news of dozens of Italian nationals in the country, and that an estimated 30 to 40 people were passing through Cusco and Machu Picchu these days and remained stuck in the area. Among them are four girls who are stuck in Checacupe.

According to data provided today by the municipal authorities of Machu Picchu, exactly 779 tourists will be stranded in the tourist area since Tuesday, when Cusco airport was also closed due to protests. Meanwhile, the total death toll in the context of ongoing clashes between protesters and police across the country has risen to nine. A protester died yesterday in the northern district of La Libertad. According to Radio RPP in Lima, the victim is 51-year-old Uni Rosalino Cárdenas Escobal, who was hit by a truck traveling at high speed along a stretch of a provincial road that had been freed for two hours from a blockage built by local residents. In the meantime, intense political and judicial activity continues today, with a plenary session of Parliament in which the anticipation of the general elections will be discussed, while a request from the Public Prosecutor’s Office to keep former President Pedro Castillo in custody will be considered by a preliminary investigations court. for 18 months.

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