Tuesday, 3 August 2010
Cusco, Peru - Strikes against Camisea exports paralyze district
The province of La Convencion, in Cusco region, remains paralyzed today due to a general protest against Camisea gas exports, regional officials said.
The protests, which began last Tuesday, have concentrated specially in Quillabamba, provincial capital of 60,000 residents, and neighboring Echarate, with a population of 30,000.
"The strike has escalated after the arrest of 17 people during the weekend in the district of Echarate" told AFP Jose Quinonez, an official of the province of La Convencion, from Quillabamba, about 1,200 km southeast of Lima.
Quillabamba and Echarate roads are blocked sticks and stones, and public transport services are not working either.
"People have gone out to the streets to protests against gas exports," said Quinones.
The Peruvian government had declared the state of emergency during 60 days in the district of Echarate, aiming to restore public after some clashes,
The state of emergency bans rallies and the right of assembly, among other issues.
Peru began to export gas to Mexico since last June amid protests of the Andean south eastern population, and during a hot national debate on the possibility that the domestic market becomes affected by these exports, since Camisea is the only gas source in Peru.
Additionally, there are complaints that the gas is exported to a lower price than the ones paid by local industry and consumers.
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