Peru impeachment protests: Clashes with police with police turn deadly

Publishedduration3 minutes agoimage copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionProtesters carried the Peruvian flag during Saturday's rally

Two people have died in clashes in Peru's capital Lima between police and protesters angry at the impeachment of President Martín Vizcarra.

Several people were injured in the violence that saw police fire tear gas into the crowd of many thousands.

Peru has been rocked by mass protests since Congress voted on Monday to impeach Mr Vizcarra over alleged bribery – charges he denies.

Speaker of Congress Manuel Merino has taken over as interim president.

There are concerns of a growing political crisis as Peru faces a severe economic downturn brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Tens of thousands of demonstrators – many of them young – gathered again in Lima and other cities on Saturday for protests that were for the large part peaceful.