At least thirteen people have suffocated to death during a police operation in Lima, capital of Peru, to break up a party organized in a nightclub that violated the curfew imposed by the authorities to stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“On Saturday, August 22nd, at an average of 9:00 pm local time (2:00 am on Sunday in Spain), the staff of the National Police was alerted that a party with around 120 people was being held in the Thomas Restobar in Los Olivos “As a result of these events (police operation), 13 people were killed who are in the process of identification,” said the Interior Ministry in a statement published on its Twitter account.
When the police caught them by surprise, the assistants tried to escape through the only front door on the site. They were trapped between this and an adjacent staircase, causing bruises, suffocation and death.
The Home Office noted that “no weapon or tear gas was used” in the suspension of the illegal meeting. It was also reported that three assistants were injured and three policemen tried to help the prisoners.