At least three hundred people have been arrested in the Peruvian capital of Lima as a result of riots in the city's streets.
GV Rioters rush towards overturned vehicle
MV Police rush up street with helicopter flying overhead (2 shots)
MV Smoke bombs PAN TO policeman walking towards demonstrators (3 shots)
MV Ambulance drives off as policemen remove barricades of rocks from streets (2 shots)
MV PAN People stand watching with demonstrators in back of police truck (2 shots)
MV Police patrolling street
MV Bullet holes in bank windows (2 shots)
MV Vehicles slowed down by debris in road
MV Burnt out bus (2 shots)
MV PAN Burnt out supermarket and coach (2 shots)
MV Police standing in doorway whilst armoured car patrols market (2 shots)
MV People queuing outside shops PAN TO troops passing on truck
Four of the five killed in the troubles were convicts who were escaping from jail at the height of the demonstrations. The Peruvian President, Francisco Morales Bermudez, clamped a 10 p.m. to five a.m. curfew on the capital. Reliable banking sources say the country has run up debts of 3,000 million U.S. dollars (about GBP1,700 million sterling). The doubling of petrol prices was part of a programme to overcome these debts, and alleviate the inflation rate.
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Background: At least three hundred people have been arrested in the Peruvian capital of Lima as a result of riots in the city's streets. Hundreds of demonstrators broke windows, set fires in the streets and stoned buses in the capital on Thursday and Friday (1 & 2 July) and the Government declared a State of Emergency to strengthen its control of the situation.
SYNOPSIS: Trucks and buses were overturned and burnt, and several people were injured in the demonstrations. Civil guards, backed by the armed forces, broke up the disturbances with tear gas, water cannon and clubs. Those arrested included students, workers and others police described as delinquents who sought to exploit popular discontent over food prices.
Five people were reported killed. The State of Emergency, which will remain in effect of at least 30 days, gives the military government the right to suspend constitutional freedoms, deport citizens and invoke military rule throughout Peru.
Shots were fired through bank windows and stones were thrown at the National Lottery Building, the Treasury, other government offices and shops and public houses.
A communique issued by the Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff said one of the causes of the trouble was a strike by owner-drivers of Lima's buses. They were demanding fare increases to offset a government-announced doubling of the price of petrol. Peru's inflation for the first six months of this year was estimated at 30 per cent.