Nov. 14 (UPI) — Dozens of individuals have been injured in clashes between protesters and police over a number of nights of unrest in response to the ouster of President Martin Vizcarra, human rights teams and lawmakers say.

Vizcarra’s supporters have taken to the streets every night time because the Congress voted to question him Monday.

The impeachment decision accused him of corruption throughout his time as governor of Moquegua, a division in southern Peru. Although he has denied the accusations of accepting tons of of hundreds of {dollars} in bribes from firms that received contracts, Vizcarra resigned after the impeachment vote.

Underneath Peruvian legislation, his vice chairman, Mercedes Aráoz, ought to have been put in as the brand new vice chairman, however she resigned the place in 2019 — a transfer that was finalized in Might. As an alternative, Home Speaker Manuel Merino, a comparatively unknown opposition chief, was named president.

Merino, a member of the center-right, reformist Standard Motion Social gathering, put in a brand new Cupboard on Thursday and referred to as for calm. Vizcarra belongs to the center-right Peruvians for Change Social gathering.

However some demonstrations have turned violent, with protesters throwing rocks at police and damaging companies. Witnesses stated police used tear fuel and rubber bullets on protesters, injuring at the least 27 individuals, together with officers and journalists, in line with CNN.

Congressman Alberto de Belaúnde stated an internet site he created for civilians to report police abuses registered greater than 200 complaints in its first hour.

“The extent of violation of rights towards individuals who exercised their proper to protest and freedom of expression is alarming,” informed Peruvian newspaper El Comercio.

“I’m outraged by a police drive that has not complied with nationwide or worldwide human rights requirements. Outraged by the federal government’s response of not understanding what individuals say within the streets and making invisible or doubting the proof that residents have proven, as a result of that places them ready of better vulnerability.”

Inside Minister Gastón Rodríguez denied experiences that police used any deadly weapons towards the protesters and justified the federal government’s response to the demonstrations.

“The response of the police happens when there may be an assault on public property or when there’s a direct assault as occurred yesterday,” he stated.

Human Rights Watch stated Thursday that Vizcarra’s removing from workplace poses a risk to the rule of legislation in Peru.

“The allegations towards Vizcarra must be investigated, however the legality of his ousting is extremely doubtful and appears pushed by legislators’ personal pursuits in evading accountability,” stated José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at HRW. “Leaders within the Americas ought to intently monitor choices by Merino and Congress. There’s each purpose to suspect that they’ll use Vizcarra’s ousting to additional undermine the rule of legislation.”