Reuters-By Marco Aquino
Demonstrators clash with police during a protest after the government announced a nationwide state of emergency, following a week of protests sparked by the ousting of former President Pedro Castillo, in Lima, Peru December 15, 2022. REUTERS/Sebastian Castaneda
LIMA, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Peruvian ex-President Pedro Castillo’s prison stay was extended by 18 months amid a deepening diplomatic spat with left-leaning countries in the region that oppose his removal as ongoing blockages threaten logistics at key copper mines.
The swift removal of Castillo, who led the South American country for just 17 months, has reverberated far beyond Peru’s borders, with several leftist allies of the deposed leader rallying to his support as angry and sometimes violent street protests extend into their second week, with a state of emergency declared.