While anti-government protests that started last month in Peru continued, it was reported that the tourist area Machu Picchu was closed indefinitely.
The Ministry of Culture said in a statement that “to protect the safety of tourists and the population in general”, the country’s most famous tourist attraction, as well as the Inca Trail leading to the region, were closed.
Tourism Minister Luis Fernando Helguero said at a press conference that there were more than 300 foreign tourists, a total of 417 tourists, who were stranded in Machu Picchu and could not go out.
This is not the first time tourists have been stranded at Machu Picchu since protests began. Cusco, where Machu Picchu is located, has seen some of the most intense clashes between protesters and law enforcement, resulting in a significant loss of revenue for the tourism industry.
The closure of the Inca Trail, which dates back to the 15th century and is often referred to as one of the new seven wonders of the world, came as protesters descended on the capital.
LOSS OF LIFE IN PROTESTS RISE TO 60
In Peru, the death toll rose to 60 in clashes between police and protesters demanding President Dina Boluarte’s resignation and holding early elections.
Thousands of people took to the streets in many cities, especially the capital Lima, and clashed with the security forces. With 1 more person losing his life in protests in Puno city, the death toll has increased to 60 since 11 December.
CALL FOR DIALOGUE
President Boluarte once again called for dialogue to the demonstrators on 10 January and demanded an end to the protests.
Protesters are calling for Boluarte’s resignation, early elections to be declared and the release of detained former President Pedro Castillo.
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