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Peru Club Rush: At least 13 people die in an illegal nightclub

Police were called to the Thomas Restobar in the Los Olivos district of Peru on Saturday evening to shut down an illegal party that was attended by more than 120 people.

In Peru, social distancing measures are mandatory, large social gatherings are prohibited, and there is a nationwide curfew at 10 p.m. to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
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Peru was one of the first nations in America to put strict preventive coronavirus measures in place, but is one of the worst-hit countries in Latin America with more than 576,000 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. According to JHU, more than 27,000 people have died from the virus so far.

In an official statement, the Interior Ministry reported that police “did not use weapons or tear gas to evacuate the premises”. When people fled the 2nd floor venue and tried to escape the police, they were knocked down 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. According to the police, 23 people were arrested.

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

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