On 13 December 2022, demonstrations and riots continued in multiple cities across Peru as protesters continue to demand that President Dina Boluarte dissolve Congress and hold early general elections. Demonstrations have become increasingly violent, with participants setting fire to government buildings and businesses, and imposing blockades on highways. In Lima, police officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters near University Park. Officials at Jorge Chávez International Airport (SPJC/LIM) — located 11 km (7 mi) northwest of downtown Lima — announced as a safety precaution that only passengers who show boarding passes may enter airport facilities. In Cusco city, protesters broke into the Real Plaza shopping center and threw rocks at a jewelry store. Demonstrators also set fire to the offices of a local television station on La Cultura Avenue. Meanwhile, operations at Cusco’s Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (SPZO/CUZ) will remain suspended until at least 2359 local time (0459 UTC) on 15 December due to the threat of disruptive protests.

On 13 December, the Peruvian defense minister declared a renewable 30-day state of emergency for the federal highway system and a 60-day state of emergency for the departments of Arequipa and Ica amid nationwide blockades. In accordance with the highway emergency order, security personnel were deployed to restore order on highways, and also at hydroelectric dams and airports. A previous 60-day state of emergency for the seven provinces located in the Apurimac region — Abancay, Andahuaylas, Antabamba Aymaraes Chincheros, Grau and Cotabambas — also remains in effect. Under that emergency declaration, the Peruvian National Police are in charge of enforcing law and order, with support from the armed forces as necessary. The declaration also suspends select constitutionally guaranteed rights.

Meanwhile, a judge denied former President Pedro Castillo’s appeal for release after he was arrested on 7 December on charges of rebellion for declaring a state of emergency and suspending Congress.