Tear Gas Fired During Protests Against Peru's New President in Lima

Protests erupted in Lima, Peru, on Tuesday, November 10, against the swearing-in of former congress leader Manuel Merino as the country’s new president after he and other opposition leaders ousted President Martín Vizcarra.

Opposition leaders in Peru’s congress removed Vizcarra from office citing “permanent moral incapacity” following allegations that the president committed fraud between 2011 and 2014, local reports said.

Supporters of Vizcarra decried the power shift, calling it a “coup,” reports said.

Large crowds of people took to the streets in the capital city of Peru and elsewhere across the country on Tuesday to voice their dissent towards the new leadership.

Videos filmed by Twitter user @Denisse_arc in Lima show police firing tear gas in clashes with protesters. Credit: @Denisse_arc via Storyful