Peru Minister of Defense Alberto Otarola early Tuesday announced that Peru will enter a state of emergency. In a tweet, Otarola said the measures are meant to “guarantee order, the continuation of economic activities, and protection of millions of families” following the protests that have broken out following the ousting of former President Pedro Castillo and the installation of Dina Boluarte.In an effort to restore internal order, Supreme Decret No 139-2022-PCM declared a sixty-day state of emergency, which was later announced to be thirty in the updated Supreme Decret No. 143-2022 -CM. The state of emergency is in effect in the provinces of Abancay, Andahuaylas, Chincheros, Grau, Cotabambas, Antabamba and Aymaraes of the department of Apurímac. The decree stated that the National Police, with use of Peruvian armed forces, are responsible for maintaining internal security.The Ministry of Defense tweeted additional details, sharing that the Peruvian armed forces will take control of strategic points including airports, hydroelectric plants and other infrastructure in the affected areas.With the Peruvian military now in control, it is also likely that a national curfew will be instituted, though there has not yet been an announcement by the Peruvian government when it will go into effect.
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