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Peruvians Block Roads In Cusco And Puno

Above Photo: Blockade Of Roads In Peru, Jan. 4, 2023. Twitter / @Gestionpe.

One Of The Main Interconnection Roads Between Peru And Bolivia, The Road From Puno To The City Of Desaguadero, Is Completely Blocked.

After a few days of truce due to the festivities, Peruvian farmers, workers, merchants, transporters, and other citizens of the Cusco and Puno regions resumed massive protests to demand the resignation of President Dina Boluarte, the call for early general elections, and the release of former President Pedro Castillo.

Roadblocks to the south and north of the country have managed to restrict vehicular traffic on the main Peruvian highways, which has relatively paralyzed normal economic activities.

One of the main interconnection roads between Peru and Bolivia, the road from Puno to the city of Desaguadero, is completely blocked by social organizations that joined the strike called for Wednesday.

“The traffic obstruction is located on the Llave bridge and the Acora, Pomata and Zepita sectors, in the provinces of Puno, El Collao, and Yunguyo,” local outlet Willax reported.

The tweet reads, “Aymara peasant communities, in Desaguadero-Puno near the Bolivian border, get ready for protest actions against the Boluarte administration.”

As of Wednesday noon, the Superintendency of Land Transportation (SUTRAN) had reported the highest number of roadblocks in the regions of Puno (9) and Cusco (4). A massive blockade was also reported in Junin.

In the province of Lampa, a group of “ronderos”, the union to which Castillo belonged, complied with the strike. In the cities of Puno and Juliaca, there is no urban transportation or commercial activities.

“Teachers cannot be outside the struggles of the people. We call on all sectors to join this strike and to act consciously about what is happening in the country,” said Reynaldo Villahermosa, the secretary of the Puno Teachers’ Union.

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