Havoc continued this week in some streets in Lima, Peru, as police officers wearing riot gear threw tear gas at crowds of protesters who threw rocks at them.

Weeks of demonstrations have turned deadly amid protesters’ cries to have Peruvian President Dina Bolouarte resign and hold presidential elections.

“I will not get tired of calling them to dialogue, peace, and unity,” Bolouarte said in Spanish during a speech Tuesday to call for a “national truce.”

According to Peruvian authorities, 56 deaths have been associated with the protests including 46 that were linked to the clashes with the riot police.

Bolouarte, the former vice president and the country’s first woman to serve as president, stepped up after Congress impeached the former leftist President Pedro Castillo on Dec. 7, after his attempt to dissolve Congress.

Castillo, a socialist who won the presidential election in 2021, is facing charges of rebellion. Bolouarte asked Congress to hold presidential elections in April 2024.

Bolouarte has blamed the protests on “radical groups with a political and economic agenda” and attributed their motivation to “drug trafficking, illegal mining, and smuggling.”

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