Peru declares state of emergency in Cusco

11:45, August 02, 2010      

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The Peruvian government on Sunday declared a state of emergency for 60 days in Echarate District of Cusco region due to violence there in recent days.

Since Tuesday, residents in the regions of Cusco, Apurimac, Arequipa and Tacna have been blocking highways in protest against gas export to Mexico, saying demand of the internal market should be met first.

On Friday, some 40 protestors in Echarate tried to occupy a pumping plant of the company Transporting of Gas Peru. Police impeded them and detained 17 people.

On Sunday, Echarate's governor was taken hostage by a group of protestors, who demanded he bear the national flag and march in public in support of their petition to the central government to end the gas export as soon as possible. The governor was later rescued by the police.

The strike was caused by a dispute over gas produced at the country's Camisea gas bed, 100 km south of Lima. Part of the gas produced there is shipped to Mexico. But residents in southern Peru said all gas produced there should be earmarked for domestic consumption only.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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