Portuguese in Peru are “in safety”, ministry assures
Scenes from Peru which is in 'political quagmire'. Image: Aldair Mejía/ EPA

Portuguese in Peru are “in safety”, ministry assures

The roughly 242 Portuguese national’s registered with the country’s embassy in Peru are “in safety”, the ministry of foreign affairs has assured, with regard to the political and social unrest assailing the country. According to the ministry, Portuguese nationals currently in Brazil are “waiting for the airport to reopen” so that they can leave. Other media channels have highlighted the plight of “at least seven” (and as many as 10)  young nationals who say they are “desperate to leave” but not receiving assistance. The youngsters are in Peru, in a hotel, as a celebration of completing a course in tourism. Authorities in Peru have declared “a state of emergency” for the next 30 days. Since this text went online, the ministry of foreign affairs has upped the figure for the number of nationals ‘stuck’ in Peru. According to a revised statement, there are 40 Portuguese nationals hoping for assistance to quit the troubled country.