At least 13 die in stampede as police raid Peruvian nightclub in violation of coronavirus restrictions

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At least 13 people were killed and three others injured in a stampede at a nightclub in Lima, Peru, as revelers tried to escape a police raid on the scene, according to Orlando Velasco Mujica, general of the Peruvian national police.

Police were called to the Thomas Restobar in the Los Olivos neighborhood of Peru’s capital on Saturday evening to put an end to an illegal party attended by more than 120 people.

Social distancing measures are mandatory in Peru, large social gatherings are banned and there is a national curfew at 10 p.m. in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Peru was one of the first nations in the Americas to take strict preventive measures against coronaviruses, but is now one of the worst-affected countries in Latin America, with more than 576,000 cases, according to figures from the Johns Hopkins University. More than 27,000 have died from the virus to date, JHU reports.

At least 13 people were killed and three others injured in a stampede at a nightclub in Lima, Peru, as revelers tried to escape a police raid on the scene, according to Orlando Velasco Mujica, general of the Peruvian national police.

Police were called to the Thomas Restobar in the Los Olivos neighborhood of Peru’s capital on Saturday evening to put an end to an illegal party attended by more than 120 people.

Social distancing measures are mandatory in Peru, large social gatherings are banned and there is a national curfew at 10 p.m. in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Peru was one of the first nations in the Americas to take strict preventive measures against coronaviruses, but is now one of the worst-affected countries in Latin America, with more than 576,000 cases, according to figures from the Johns Hopkins University. More than 27,000 have died from the virus to date, JHU reports.

In an official statement, the Interior Ministry said the police had not used “any type of weapon or tear gas to clean up the premises.” When people started to flee the 2nd floor room trying to get away from the police, they were run over on the stairs.

Police said in a statement they have opened an investigation to identify the owners of the nightclub and those responsible for the event. Police said 23 people were arrested.

“The Interior Ministry deeply regrets the deaths of 13 people due to the criminal irresponsibility of an unscrupulous business owner,” the statement said.

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