Building Fire Erupts Amid Anti-Government Protests in Lima

A fire erupted near Lima’s Plaza San Martin on the night of January 19, amid ongoing anti-government protests across Peru.

This footage filmed by Bruno Amoretti shows flames and smoke plumes rising above a building near Plaza San Martin.

Peru’s Ministry of Health said in a Twitter post that emergency crews had been deployed to the area and there were no reports of injuries.

Earlier on Thursday, the Peruvian Ombudsman’s Office said 13 people were taken to hospital with injuries during clashes between protesters and police in Lima.

Meanwhile in Arequipa, the office confirmed that one person had been killed and ten others were injured in the protests.

Demonstrations erupted across Peru in December 2022 following the impeachment and arrest of former President Pedro Castillo after he attempted to dissolve congress due to corruption. Peru’s congress voted to impeach Castillo and he was detained that day for “rebellion and conspiracy,” according to Peru’s Public Ministry.

Vice President Dina Boluarte was then sworn in as president. Protesters have taken to the streets to denounce Boluarte and demand Castillo be reinstated.

A 30-day state of emergency remained in place for multiple regions, including Lima, in response to the ongoing protests. Credit: Bruno Amoretti/El Foco via Storyful