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Court Imposes Travel Ban On Ousted Peru President Amid Protests

A Peruvian judge on Friday banned ousted president Martin Vizcarra from leaving the country days after his dismissal by Congress as the nation’s political crisis spilled over into street clashes between protesters and police.

The announcement came after thousands of people took to the streets in the capital Lima and cities across Peru late Thursday to protest Vizcarra’s impeachment over corruption allegations.

At least 14 protesters were wounded in clashes with police, the National Human Rights Coordinator said.

Demonstrators confront riot police during a protest in Lima against the ousting of popular president Martin Vizcarra by Congress Demonstrators confront riot police during a protest in Lima against the ousting of popular president Martin Vizcarra by Congress Photo: AFP / ERNESTO BENAVIDES

Judge Maria Alvarez said she was imposing an 18-month travel ban on Vizcarra at the request of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, investigating allegations that the 57-year-old received more than $600,000 in kickbacks from developers while a regional governor.

“We have said that we will stay,” Vizcarra assured journalists Friday, once again rejecting the charges against him and questioning the legality of his removal.

“We have the truth and the support that backs us up,” he said.

Congress voted Monday to impeach him, while Congress Speaker Manuel Merino assumed office as Peru’s third president in four years.

Thousands of people took to the streets in Warsaw and outside courts in dozens of other towns Thousands of people took to the streets in Warsaw and outside courts in dozens of other towns Photo: AFP / Wojtek RADWANSKI

Tense protests that began Tuesday continued into Friday, when hundreds of young people marched to the residence of Prime Minister Antero Flores-Araoz in Lima, after the 78-year-old conservative challenged them to come to his house because he did not understand their demands.

With signs saying “Merino is not my president” and “Rats out of Congress!” they marched dozens of blocks to the house, where they were stopped by a police barricade.

In the capital Lima late Thursday, police used tear gas and pellets to disperse a group trying to reach the Congress building while protesters threw sticks and stones at the officers.

Demonstrators run away from tear gas during a protest in Lima Demonstrators run away from tear gas during a protest in Lima Photo: AFP / ERNESTO BENAVIDES

Those wounded in the clashes included two young men hit “by firearms,” said Jorge Amoros, a doctor at Almenara hospital in Lima where both are hospitalized.

An AFP photographer was struck by pellets in his arm and leg during the march in Plaza San Martin.

Riot police fire tear gas as they try to disperse supporters of ousted Peruvian president Martin Vizcarra in Lima, November 2020 Riot police fire tear gas as they try to disperse supporters of ousted Peruvian president Martin Vizcarra in Lima, November 2020 Photo: AFP / ERNESTO BENAVIDES

The South America office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called on authorities to guarantee the right of Peruvians to protest, saying it had received “disturbing information” about police behavior.

The Ombudsman’s Office demanded security forces “immediately cease the use of tear gas and pellets against citizens who exercise their right to demonstrate.”

Vizcarra said protests must be allowed and called on the people to express themselves peacefully.

“We also appeal to the national police to respect the demonstrators,” he said.

Interim president Merino urged calm.

“We are not

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New Europe Travel Bans (And Protests), As Covid-19 Surges

With rising infection rates of Covid-19 across all EU countries, many governments have implemented new travel restrictions this week, leading some groups and politicians to protest.

EU countries are using the European Centre for Disease Control’s ‘traffic light’ system for determining travel restrictions, which this week, labelled all countries as red, except for Norway and Finland–a big change on the week before, where some countries had been orange or green.

Most countries are still opting to keep schools open where possible across Europe (particularly for younger children) to try to alleviate the stress of childcare on parents. Many of the lockdowns are much lighter in nature than those imposed in March and don’t call for a complete ban on movement.

This week, many countries though–such as across France and some Italian regions–opted to take high school down to half classes, or to continue lessons online.

Italy shuts down 4 entire regions

As rates spiked across Italy, many of its regions were put into strict lockdown conditions with the closure of many non-essential businesses across the country.

AP News reported that the northern regions of Lombardy (which includes Milan), Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta and the southern region of Calabria, the toe of Italy’s boot, will be under increased restrictions for the next 15 days.

This implies the closure of all non-essential stores, take-out only service for bars and restaurants, distance learning for students 12 and over and a ban on leaving hometowns except for work, health or other serious reasons.

Sicily and Puglia, two other southern regions, are now under a second tier of restrictions. The rest of Italy is under a 10 pm curfew with restaurants forced to close by 6 pm.

Whilst Italy reported a record number of Covid-19 cases, many local politicians vowed to fight the enforced national lockdowns, such as the governor of Calabria.

Germany reducing quarantine from high-risk countries

Germany’s rates of contracting Covid-19 are also increasing; the country has doubled the number of patients in intensive care in just 10 days and set a new record of over 21,500 new confirmed cases on Friday.

On 2 November, the country went into lockdown but from 8 November it is changing its travel regulations slightly. Currently, all visitors arriving, who have been in high-risk countries 14-days prior, must take a Covid-19 test and remain in quarantine until the results come back (usually a few hours and the test is free). If the results are positive, they must quarantine for 2 weeks but after 8 November, this period will become 10 days. Anyone else with a negative test must quarantine for 5 days.

Thousands took to the streets in Liepzig on Saturday to protest against the further restrictions of movement.

France imposes Covid-19 testing on all arrivals

As France headed into its second lockdown, the French Health Minister Olivier

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Florida Man, Worried About BLM Protests, Brings AR-15 and Handgun to Disney Vacation

A Florida man reportedly brought multiple guns to a family vacation at Disney World over fears about nearby Black Lives Matter protesters.

An unnamed 43-year-old man from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida brought an AR-15 assault rifle and a handgun, along with a large amount of ammunition, during a family trip on Labor Day weekend due to fears that his family could be in danger from protesters, according to a report from the Orlando Sentinel.

The paper reports that the man brought the carried the guns in a tennis bag while checking into the Polynesian Village Resort on September 5, citing a police report. The man was said to have a concealed weapons permit and was not arrested since no laws were broken. Regardless, Disney security confiscated his weapons and held them during his stay due to their policy prohibiting weapons.

“Our policy is clear that weapons of any kind are not allowed at our resort regardless of whether someone has a permit,” a Disney spokesperson said in a statement obtained by Newsweek.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to the incident after a bellman carrying the man’s unusually heavy bag noticed the guns inside, which prompted his manager to contact police.

Disney World
Disney World reopened in July, about four months after the Florida resort had been closed over public health concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The police report states that when questioned by officers about the weapons, the man said that “he brought the rifle with him for their safety because of the riots and civil unrest going on down south and in the Central Florida area,” according to the paper.

Like many areas throughout the country, protests against racial injustice and police brutality have been ongoing in the Orlando area, where Disney World is located. However, no related protests have been reported at the resort itself, nor have resort guests been targeted for any sort of physical attacks by protesters.

Another incident involving weapons occurred in July, when a Georgia woman who did not have a concealed weapons permit was arrested after Disney World security alerted police upon finding two guns and a small amount of marijuana hidden in a diaper bag as she attempted to enter the resort’s Epcot theme park.

Her arrest happened days after Disney World reopened following four months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the resort opened its doors as cases of the virus were surging in Florida, preventative measures including reducing capacity to 25 percent may have resulted in it not being tied to any major outbreaks.

On Monday, California Governor Gavin Newsom said he was sending a team to Florida to discuss preventative measures with an eye towards eventually reopening California theme parks. Disneyland has remained closed since the start of the pandemic due to public health concerns.

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