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A protester in Peru dies after being shot 36 times

67 people have died since the protest started.

A protester — who was wounded with 36 bullets during a protest in the southern city in January — adding to Peru’s 67 deaths during demonstrations calling for the resignation of President Tina Polwarte and members of Congress — died Tuesday in a hospital in the capital.

Rosalino Flores, 22, was injured during a demonstration in the southern city of Cusco on the afternoon of January 11 and died at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in a bed at Arzobispo Loayza Hospital in Lima, his partner told The Associated Press. Jose Flores, whose brother Juan was with the victim.

The moment a police officer shot her was captured by a video from a security camera on July 28th Street in Cusco, where Rossalino fell to the ground after receiving 36 bullets. The family showed the pictures to the AP.

In the video, you can see Rossalino hiding behind a tree, waiting for the police chase of the protesters to end.

But suddenly, a policeman armed with a gun approaches Rossalino, chases him and shoots him at close range. Rossalino falls to the floor. According to the video on January 11 at 4:53 p.m.

“The police fired pellets at a distance of about three or four meters, the videos don’t lie,” said the brother of the deceased. “I saw everything because I was in front of him and it happened in seconds,” Juan Jose Flores said through tears.

The Flores family went with Rosalino, a culinary student, to Lima, who was in the intensive care unit of the former Arzobispo Loisa Hospital. Her brother said her condition worsened as the particles affected her kidneys, liver and intestines.

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The demonstrations have sparked international reactions. The US State Department’s annual human rights report released on Monday pointed to a “significant problem of impunity” for abuses committed by security forces during protests against the Bolwart government.

Anti-Boluvart protests followed the December 7 installation of former President Pedro Castillo, who was dismissed by parliament as he sought to dissolve the legislature and install an emergency government to prevent his removal from office.

Since then, protests have been unleashed across the country, demanding the resignation of Bolvard and members of parliament, in which 67 people have been killed, 49 of them in clashes with civilian security forces.

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