Lima, (EFE).- The Peruvian National Police (PNP) arrested more than 200 people this Saturday after the eviction of the campus of the Universidad Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM) in Lima, where hundreds of protesters came from all over the country They had been camping since Wednesday to participate in the anti-government marches in the capital, a spokesman for the Public Ministry reported.
The provisional superior prosecutor and National Coordinator of Crime Prevention Prosecutors, Alfonso Barnechea, announced to the media at the gates of the university that 200 people were arrested in the operation and that some twenty prosecutors have been transferred to police stations to Verify that the human rights of citizens have been respected.
At approximately 9:30 in the morning (2:30 p.m. GMT), the Peruvian National Police with a tank demolished the entrance to the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos and entered the campus to evict hundreds of protesters, who were later arrested and transferred to different police facilities.
“In our capacity as defenders of legality, the defense of human rights and the prevention of crime, we are constituting, not only to verify the situation, but we are also deploying a series of functional actions as Public Ministry,” Barnechea said, adding that in addition to the 20 prosecutors, between six and eight medical examiners have traveled.
These health professionals will verify in situ the state and physical integrity of the people who have been detained.
He said that the Public Ministry had received complaints from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos about assaults and robberies on law enforcement by protesters who were camping on campus.
This morning, the Peruvian National Police (PNP) demolished the entrance to the Lima university campus with an armored car and entered the facilities.
Since Wednesday, hundreds of people from Puno, Arequipa and Cuzco, among other parts of the country, began to arrive at this university, coming to the Peruvian capital to participate in the large marches called to demand the resignation of President Dina Boluarte, the closing of the Congress, the convocation of a constituent assembly and the advancement of elections.
After the agents entered, police officers in riot gear gathered at the gates of the campus to cordon off the area. The operation was supported by a police helicopter.
Approximately an hour and a half after the start of the operation, several police buses with detainees, some of them handcuffed, began to leave the university in the direction of police facilities.