Photo: Protest turns to riot in Perú
A minor, a security officer, and another student died on Tuesday when a rally against a new University project turned violent.
A 14 year old girl, a 21 year old student and a 30 year old government security officer were killed in the central region of Huancavelica during a rally against the creation of the National Autonomous University of Tayacaja.
The University of Tayacaja is to be created by law, but it wasn’t given enough government funds, and so by law, the National University of Huancavelica must share its financial income.
Police chief Edward Marín Grandez said more than 5,000 protesters attacked the Huancavelica Regional police department.
Officers used tear gas and pellets to prevent the entry of the protesters to the facilities, but rabid rioters attacked them with homemade explosives, stones and knives and attempted to take away their guns.
Protesters tried to take the police headquarters, and the University. They also set ablaze the regional government house and a police truck.
In the meantime, another group of people started protesting, calling for the urgent creation of the university.