Peruvians are called on to rise up against Toledo

&to=http:// ' target=_blank>Peru declared a state of emergency in the southern Andean town of Andahuaylas yesterday where an armed group led by a radical former soldier stormed a police station and was holding 10 officers hostage.

Seven people were injured, two seriously, in a gunfight in the early hours of New Year's Day after former army Major Antauro Humala and some 160 followers burst into the station in the town, 560 miles southeast of Lima, to demand the resignation of President &to=http:// ' target=_blank>Alejandro Toledo. Toledo cut short a beach holiday and summoned ministers and key officials to declare a state of emergency, which restricts citizens' rights and puts the area under the control of the security forces.

Police and army reinforcements were sent in to restore order swiftly. Humala said earlier by cellphone that some 800 police and 600 soldiers were massed and preparing to attack, reports Boston Globe.

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