Miners strike in Lima

June 15th, 2007

Miners from the Lima province of Huarochiri blocked the Panamerican Highway for the second day running today. Hundreds of Casapalca workers continued their protests against the Government who are not meeting their demands of forcing the mine operators to improve salaries and reinstate 300 workers made redundant.

Yesterday two strikers died during altercations involving the miners and over 300 police
officers. The police used tear gas to try to break up the strikers who had set up road blocks preventing thousands of people from continuing their journeys. Miners then attacked the police with rocks which ended in the death of two when the police retaliated. 20 police officers were also injured.

Miners also ventured into the city where they marched through the streets in various districts.

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