Peru extends state of emergency after weeks of protests

Peru has extended a state of emergency for 30 more days in the capital, Lima, and other regions. Weeks of anti-government protests have left 49 people dead.

The extended measures, which also cover the southern region of Cusco, took effect on Sunday. The government first declared a 30-day state of emergency in mid-December.

Demonstrations broke out last month after former Peruvian President Pedro Castillo was detained on suspicion of rebellion by breaching the country's constitution.

Protestors blocked major roads and clashed with security forces, leaving 49 people dead and more than 1,100 others wounded so far.

In an attempt to calm the unrest, President Dina Boluarte has proposed bringing presidential and general elections forward to April 2024 from 2026.

But there is no sign of the unrest settling down as demonstrators are seeking the resignation of President Boluarte and the release of the former president.