Peru’s President Is Under Investigation for 'Genocide'

Peru’s President Is Under Investigation for 'Genocide'
Peru’s President Is Under Investigation for 'Genocide'

Peru's national prosecutor's office has begun investigating President Dina Boluarte for genocide, it said, after protests against her which have left 40 people dead in the past month.

The investigation will also focus on Prime Minister Alberto Otarola as well as the interior and defense ministers, the prosecutor's office said on Twitter, TRT World reported Wednesday.

The investigation is for alleged crimes of "genocide, aggravated homicide and serious injuries" during the anti-government demonstrations in the regions of Apurimac, La Libertad, Puno, Junin, Arequipa and Ayacucho.

It comes as Peru's Congress approved a confidence vote in the government, supporting the prime minister and cabinet.

Since protests began in early December, at least 40 people have died in the unrest, while hundreds more have been injured. In a statement on Tuesday, Peru's ombudsman office urged peaceful protests as well as for prosecutors to fully investigate the deaths.

Otarola has blamed organized attackers financed by "dark" money for those killed on Monday. Beyond the deaths, another 68 civilians and 75 police officers were reported injured, according to the ombudsman.

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