Workers block highway, protesting police violence

Confrontation between farm workers and police results in three deaths in Peru

Last week, farm workers demanding better wages clashed with police on a Peru's Pan-American highway, leaving at least 3 people dead and 24 injured in a dispute over reforms to the country's agro-export sector.

The workers for agricultural export companies are unhappy with an increase in their daily wage worth $2.50 when they were asking for a $6.50 hike.

The Ombudsman’s Office in Peru said two protesters died of gunshot wounds at a road blockade on Wednesday. The third victim died while being transferred to hospital after being held up by the roadblock. Office representative José Agüero said the clash caused 24 injuries, including 15 police officers.


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