In Peru, police sources say that about 100 people were injured and 200 arrested in street fighting and demonstrations on the first day of a 48-hour, communist-led general strike.
GV EXTERIOR large stone building bearing banners calling for strike
MV PAN Shops with shutters closed
MV PAN Bus passes under general strike banner PAN TO armoured car parked at curb
MV PAN slogan painted on wall
MV Traffic on roadway PAN TO armoured car parked
TV Closed factories and office block (2 shots)
GV Debris scattered across roadway, at site where bus was stoned by strikers
MV PAN Armoured car patrolling road
MV Cars driving around debris on roadway
MV Truck stops to let of people
MV PAN Pick-up truck carrying people along road
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Background: In Peru, police sources say that about 100 people were injured and 200 arrested in street fighting and demonstrations on the first day of a 48-hour, communist-led general strike.
SYNOPSIS: The strike was called by the General Confederation of Peruvian Workers to back demands for higher wages and re-instatement of some 4,500 men sacked after a similar walkout last July. Peru's military government declared Monday's (27 February) strike illegal, and in a broadcast President Morales Bermudez urged people to go about their business as if nothing was happening. But despite this hundreds of workers took to the streets.
They blocked traffic with burning tyres and tree trunks, stoned buses and were involved in a series of skirmishes with police. By Tuesday (28 February) the violence had subsided, but most factories in Peru remained closed. Interior Minister Luis Cisneros called the strike a "dismal failure" -- but police and troops patrolled the streets of Lima on Tuesday -- alert to the possibility of more disturbances.
During the clashes on Monday students and strikers are alleged to have burned buses in attempts to force drivers to join the strike. Foreign tourists are also reported to have been injured when the bus they were travelling in was stoned by about a dozen demonstrators. According to official sources many factories in the interior of the country were not affected by the strike and police say that among those arrested were "extreme left-wing trouble makers". Most shops in Lima stayed open despite the violence.