Protesters take to the streets in Lima after Peruvian president’s impeachment

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Demonstrators in Peru (Archive) – CARLOS GARCIA GRANTHON / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOT

Hundreds of demonstrators have taken to the streets of Peru’s capital Lima on Wednesday after Congress approved the impeachment of Peruvian President Pedro Castillo, who has been detained at the Lima Prefecture headquarters.

With a strong police presence, dozens of demonstrators have gathered in front of the Congress on Abancay Avenue with Peruvian flags, banners and horns to celebrate the dismissal of Castillo in a march that was announced on Tuesday under the name «Toma de Lima» (Take over Lima).

Before Congress approved a motion of censure against him with 101 votes in favor, Castillo announced his dissolution, as well as the formation of a government of exception and a curfew from 10 p.m. (local time) until 4 a.m. to avoid altercations.

The Spanish Embassy in Peru has recommended Spanish citizens to avoid going near the areas where rallies are taking place in Peru and to limit travel «to the minimum necessary».