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    Peru president insists ‘I will not resign’ as protests continue

    LIMA (AFP) – Peruvian President Dina Boluarte insisted on Friday she will not step down, after another day of protests and roadblocks throughout the country saw calls for her resignation and the arrest of a trade union leader with supposed links to Maoist rebels.

    Supporters of ousted president Pedro Castillo have marched and barricaded streets around the South American country since December, demanding new elections and the removal of Boluarte, his successor and former vice president.

    “Some voices that have come from the violent and radical factions are asking for my resignation, provoking the population into chaos, disorder and destruction,” Boluarte said in an address broadcast on state TV on Friday night. “I will not resign. My commitment is with Peru.”

    Boluarte lamented that the protests have at times turned violent, as at least 42 people have been killed in clashes with security forces, including a police officer burnt alive in a vehicle, while hundreds more have been injured.

    “I cannot stop reiterating my regret for the deaths of Peruvians in these protests,” she said.

    “I apologise for this situation.”

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