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Peru: Stranded travellers clash with protesters as Pan-American highway blockade continues04:19

Peru: Stranded travellers clash with protesters as Pan-American highway blockade continues

Peru, Ica
December 4, 2020 at 06:56 GMT +00:00 · Published

Passengers from dozens of stranded buses clashed with protesters who have been blocking the Panamerica Sur highway in the Peruvian city of Ica for four days, on Thursday, as the protesters demand better working conditions.

With lines of vehicles stretching along the Panamerica Sur for over 10 km (6.2 mi), travellers fought with protesters to open the highway in clashes that reportedly lasted two hours.

"We want a prompt solution, we have been stranded for four days. There have been deaths," said Manuel Quispe, a truck driver, as several others complained their produce is going bad. "There were deaths yesterday and the day before yesterday, there are little kids asking for food. Look at the situation we are in," he added.

Miriam Atacusi, a passenger of one of the stranded busses who is ill, said, "it has been four days since I last ate because I can't eat what they sell here. I can only eat broth."

The protesters, workers from the agro-industrial sector, started a 72-hour blockade on Monday morning, which has since been extended, demanding better working conditions, salary raises, and for the repeal of a 2000 law and a 2019 decree which favoured the agro-industrial sector at the expense of workers' salaries, labour conditions and stability.

Peru: Stranded travellers clash with protesters as Pan-American highway blockade continues04:19
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Passengers from dozens of stranded buses clashed with protesters who have been blocking the Panamerica Sur highway in the Peruvian city of Ica for four days, on Thursday, as the protesters demand better working conditions.

With lines of vehicles stretching along the Panamerica Sur for over 10 km (6.2 mi), travellers fought with protesters to open the highway in clashes that reportedly lasted two hours.

"We want a prompt solution, we have been stranded for four days. There have been deaths," said Manuel Quispe, a truck driver, as several others complained their produce is going bad. "There were deaths yesterday and the day before yesterday, there are little kids asking for food. Look at the situation we are in," he added.

Miriam Atacusi, a passenger of one of the stranded busses who is ill, said, "it has been four days since I last ate because I can't eat what they sell here. I can only eat broth."

The protesters, workers from the agro-industrial sector, started a 72-hour blockade on Monday morning, which has since been extended, demanding better working conditions, salary raises, and for the repeal of a 2000 law and a 2019 decree which favoured the agro-industrial sector at the expense of workers' salaries, labour conditions and stability.

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