In Peru, thousands of people have marched to demand the resignation of leftist President Castillo

In Peru, thousands of people have marched to demand the resignation of leftist President Castillo

LIMA, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Thousands took to the streets of Peru on Saturday to demand the resignation of embattled President Pedro Castillo, a leftist whose government is under investigation for corruption.

Carrying the Andean nation’s vertically striped red-white-red flag and signs with anti-government slogans, the protesters marched to the opposition-dominated Congress in the capital, Lima.

Castillo called those opposing his government “reactionaries” and “enemies of the people”.

Police wearing helmets and plastic shields fired several rounds of tear gas to try to disperse the crowd. There are no reports of casualties yet.

Castillo, who took office last July, has already survived two impeachment attempts. Opposition lawmakers are seeking a new trial against the president, even though Congress has acknowledged it won’t get enough votes.

“We see a government that is involved in corruption and Congress is not responding,” said Lucas Gersi, a conservative lawyer who is one of the organizers of a march called Peru Reacts.

In October, Peru’s attorney general filed a constitutional challenge to Congress against Castillo that right-wing opposition parties hope will result in his ouster.

Discontent has grown in Peru. “I am coming for my children, my grandchildren, because this government is turning into hell,” said Maria del Pilar Blancas.

“They want us to become another Venezuela,” he said, referring to the South American neighbor that went into economic freefall.

Similar protests were held in other cities in the country, including Arequipa, Chiclayo, Cusco and Trujillo, according to reports and images broadcast by local Canal N television.

Marco Aquino and Sebastian Castaneda reports in Lima; By Stephanie Eschenbacher; Editing by William Mallard

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