Peru braces for protests as thousands of police officers prepare to guard capital

Almost 12,000 police officers are preparing to guard the Peruvian capital Lima as the country braces for massive protests on Thursday. A heavy police and military

presence could be observed in the heart of city early Thursday, with key locations such as the parliament, the prosecutor’s office and the army headquarters receiving extra

protection. Peru is seeing some of its worst violence in decades, which erupted last month following the ousting of former President Pedro Castillo, as protesters who

oppose the current government call for political change. Police are pictured in the capital Lima on Wednesday. - Lucas Aguayo Araos/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Demonstrators are seen in the city of Arequipa, Peru, on Thursday. - Diego Ramos/AFP/Getty Images Thousands of protesters are traveling to Lima from across Peru. They

are expected to try to march towards downtown Lima on Thursday demanding the resignation of President Dina Boluarte and calling for general elections as soon as possible. A

total of 11,800 police officers will be present in the city, General Victor Sanabria, head of Peru’s National Police for the Lima region, told local media. The Palace of

Justice, which is the seat of the Supreme Court and a symbol of judicial power, also has extra protection, as do selected TV stations. Protesters, particularly students,

have been seen arriving on buses from different parts of the country since Wednesday. Thursday’s protests are the latest stage in a rolling crisis sparked by Castillo’s

ouster.