Monday, January 25, 2010

Peru: Killing spree in Peru's construction sector

Xinhua - The killing of six more construction workers in Peru since the beginning of 2010 has caused tension in the Latin American country, local media reported Sunday.

Since 2008, a total of 49 construction workers have been killed, local media said. Also, the construction workers and contractors are now allegedly scared of "mafias" that are trying to control the nation's construction sector in order to collect so-called safety protection fees from them.

According to the media, the "mafias" also demand contractors assign their projects to designated persons from whom they also charged the fees, otherwise they will plot strikes, boycotts and the like.

Such a series of killings have worsened Peru's situation, especially after fights, clashes and violence frequently occurred among the groups of different mafias who use guns, machetes and other weapons to fight for their own orbits.

According to Mario Huaman, general secretary of the General Confederation of Workers of Peru (CGTP), not only mafias, but also some bad eggs of some "parallel federations commit similar crimes and blackmails."

Huaman also blamed the government for not having "political determination" to detain these people.

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