Peruvian President Pedro Castillo on Tuesday afternoon curfew lifted The order followed widespread protests in the streets, as demonstrations spiraled against rising fuel and fertilizer prices caused by the Ukraine conflict.
“I have to announce that from this point forward we will be rescinding the curfew,” Castillo said during a meeting with Congress. “We are now calling on the people of Peru to remain calm.”
Castillo issued an abrupt curfew minutes before midnight on Monday, asking the people of Lima to stay at home between 2 a.m. (07:00 GMT) and 11:59 p.m. (5:00 GMT Monday). Three) in an attempt to curb nationwide protests against soaring prices.
But the curfew has caused a new crisis for the Castillo government, with thousands taking to the streets to defy the curfew. He cut the curfew short just after 5pm (22:00 GMT) local time.
The new rally on Tuesday added to a broader crisis that began a week ago in Peru due to rising inflation, confusing Castillo just days after he survived an impeachment trial.
Western sanctions against Russia have cut oil and fertilizer supplies, hurting fragile emerging economies like Peru. Like many countries, Peru was facing high inflation before the war began, but the conflict has sent prices of food, fuel and other essentials skyrocketing. Peru’s March inflation at 1.48% was the highest in 26 years.
Castillo came to power last year with the overwhelming support of rural Peruvians. However, soaring prices have led that same group to the most significant protests to date in his administration.
Castillo’s popularity has declined rapidly and now hovers around 25%. He survived two impeachments and overcame an unprecedented number of cabinet members during his eight-month administration.
The lockdown stunned many Limenos, as the capital’s residents are known, who have taken to the streets to defy what they see as violations of their civil liberties.
The government has repeatedly said, without providing evidence, that a curfew was necessary to avoid looting.