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Policemen patrol the Pan-American highway at La Joya as demonstrators hold a blockade to demand the resignation of Peruvian President Dina Boluarte in Arequipa, Peru Image Credit: AFP

Lima: Peru's government late Saturday declared a state of emergency in the capital Lima and three other regions due to protests against President Dina Boluarte which have claimed at least 42 lives in recent weeks.

The measure, in force for 30 days, authorizes the army to intervene to maintain order and suspends several constitutional rights such as freedom of movement and assembly, according to a decree published in the official gazette.