A national strike got under way July 8 in Peru to protest against government policies. Demonstrators in various regions set up roadblocks that disrupted traffic and marched through the streets of the capital Lima, carrying banners that called President Alan Garcia “right wing” and a “traitor.” Despite this, day-to-day life in the capital continued largely as normal. The one day strike was called by the largest trade union in Peru in protest at the rising costs of daily life and the conservative economic policies of the president. It comes one week after a strike by miners and coincides with an action begun by Peruvian farmers. Farmers also blocked the railway leading to the Inca ruins at Machu Picchu. (Radio Netherlands)

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