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Violence Grows in Peru After President Pedro Castillo Is Ousted

LIMA, Peru — A relatively peaceful, if abrupt, transfer of presidential power in Peru last week has shifted into violence and unrest as supporters of the former president intensified claims that his ouster was illegitimate and have staged attacks against police stations, courthouses, factories, airports and journalists.

The protesters, who are backed by organizations that represent some unions, Indigenous groups and poor farmers, are demanding new elections as quickly as possible.

At the same time, the leftist leaders of several Latin American countries have thrown their support behind Peru’s former leader, Pedro Castillo, who was removed from office last Wednesday and arrested after he tried to suspend Congress.

The unrest has grown and spread to different parts of the country as the government, while denouncing the violence, has struggled to stabilize the situation and respond to protesters’ demands.

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