Monday, April 05, 2010

Peru: 6,000 protesters block Pan-American highway

Xinhua reports around 6,000 miners Sunday staged a strike in Peru's Arequipa department to protest the government's reordering of small mining activities, blocking three sections of the Pan-American South Highway.

At least 200 vehicles were stranded as a result of the blockade, causing huge traffic jam in the morning, Arequipa's highway protection chief Miguel Pasos said.

Police efforts were not enough to restore the traffic on the highway that connects Arequipa to Lima, he added.

The Pan-American Highway is a network of roads stretching about 48,000 km and links the mainland countries of the Americas in a connected highway system.

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