Lima (EFE).- The Peruvian National Police (PNP) withdrew the hundreds of protesters who reached the outside of Congress and directed them towards other points in the center of Lima, at the end of the protest march called by social groups to demand the resignation of President Dina Boluarte.
The Police used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators who reached the outside of Parliament, a building that was surrounded by a police fence and metal bars to prevent access.
A group of demonstrators led by the Police towards a bridge that communicates with the Rimac district. While another group was forced to retreat towards the University Park, where the police fence was that blocked the entrance to Abancay Avenue.
The protesters threw objects engulfed in flames, stones and water bottles at the Police to try not to be evicted from the historic center, but the agents advanced protected with their shields.
Clashes between police and protesters
A few minutes earlier, the protesters had managed to break through a police fence in the University Park to enter Abancay Avenue. There is the headquarters of the Congress.
The mobilization that brought together social, political, union and student organizations passed peacefully in its movement between the Dos de Mayo and San Martín squares, but, halfway, it stopped in front of a police fence that prevented access to Abancay avenue, which crosses a good part of the center of the capital.
At the end of that avenue is the Parliament building. Which remained closed and guarded by the National Police with tanks and other mobile units.
The demonstrators began to push the shields of the police officers and throw water bottles and other objects to break the siege. They finally succeeded after a confrontation, in which tear gas and smoke bombs were not lacking.
Protests outside the Peruvian Congress
The Police detained a protester who faced the agents wrapped in a flag.
A group of agents went on motorcycles to another access point to Congress to prevent the massive arrival of protesters. While a greater number of policemen went to block the passage on the avenue.
Once there, local television showed the president of Congress, José Williams, watching from a balcony the protesters who continued to arrive outside, a situation that had not occurred in the protest mobilizations of the previous months.
Despite the fact that the protesters have not shown confrontational intentions, as they did in previous waves of protests, the Police reinforced their presence outside Congress with a large number of agents who came out from inside Parliament.