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Peru's President calls for exemplary sanction for organizers of party resulting in deaths

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra inaugurated the new Villa EsSalud (Social Health Insurance System-EsSalud Village), located in Cerro Colorado district (Arequipa region). Photo: Andina/ Presidency of the Republic.

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra inaugurated the new Villa EsSalud (Social Health Insurance System-EsSalud Village), located in Cerro Colorado district (Arequipa region). Photo: Andina/ Presidency of the Republic.

14:05 | Cerro Colorado (Arequipa region), Aug. 23.

The President of the Republic Martin Vizcarra on Sunday demanded a rigorous investigation into a Saturday night party —held despite a coronavirus ban— that resulted in the deaths of 13 people, as well as an exemplary punishment for those responsible.

"We ask the Public Ministry to conduct a rigorous investigation and demand an exemplary punishment for the owners and organizers of this event," he said.

The Head of State noted that it is unacceptable that events like these take place in Peru, adding that he has different feelings and emotions as a person and authority.

"Obviously, I feel sorry and sad for the victims and their relatives, but I also have anger and indignation for those who were responsible by organizing this type of event," Mr. Vizcarra pointed out.

Moreover, the Peruvian leader referred to the 23 detained people, of which 15 tested positive for COVID-19.

"Please reflect, let's not lose more lives due to negligence," he added.


At least 13 people have died in a crush during a police raid at a nightclub in Lima's Los Olivos district —where a party was being held despite a coronavirus ban on such gatherings— as partygoers tried to flee, according to Peruvian National Police General Orlando Velasco.


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Published: 8/23/2020
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