by Tyler Durden
In an example of
COVID-19-related law enforcement
gone horribly awry, 13 people were killed in a deadly stampede, as
patrons tried to flee a surprise police raid on a crowded Lima, Peru
nightclub on Saturday night.
At least 6 people were seriously injured, including 3 cops.
Orlando Velasco Mujica, general of the Peruvian National
Police Police, told CNN that police were summoned to the
Thomas Restobar in the Los Olivos district of Lima, Peru's
capital city, on Saturday evening.
They were ordered to shut
down an illegal party, where officials believed more than 120 people
were in attendance.
Peru is struggling with one of Latin America's deadliest and most
devastating outbreaks. Strict social distancing measures have been
mandated nationwide, along with a 10 pm curfew in an effort to slow
the virus's spread.
Despite taking strict preventative measures early on, Peru has
racked up more than 576,000 cases, and more than 27,000 deaths,
The country has Latin
America's second-highest infection rate.
Peru ordered the closure of nightclubs and bars back in March, and
banned extended family gatherings on Aug. 12.
According to an official statement delivered to CNN, the Ministry
of the Interior reported that the police did not use,
"any type of weapon
or tear gas to clear the premises."
When people began to flee
the 2nd floor venue, they were crushed on the steep
Already, 23 people have been arrested, and officials are looking to
hold the owners of the nightclub responsible.