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Dozens arrested in Lima during toll hike protest

Friday, January 13, 2017 - 01:06

Clashes erupt again between drivers of cargo vehicles and police in the Peruvian capital of Lima, with drivers angry over toll increases. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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At least 40 people were arrested during clashes in Peru's capital, Thursday. Protesters blocked the North Pan American highway, with cargo drivers angry over toll increases in a notoriously difficult driving city. A new toll booth has been installed about one kilometer from yet another one. Media reports say the rate on both has risen. And so have tensions between drivers of cargo vehicles and police... violent clashes broke out just last week. And residents say, the ruling body of Lima has not done enough. They say a 30-day measure delaying the new toll just doesn't cut it. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) NATIONAL SECRETARY OF THE CONFEDERATION OF PERUVIAN WORKERS, CARLOS ROSSINI, SAYING: "We don't want the temporary suspension of 30 days, we want the final cancellation of that abusive toll where a person leaving his house can't pay to leave and can't pay to enter." He says the highway belongs to the people, not the profiting companies.

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Dozens arrested in Lima during toll hike protest

Friday, January 13, 2017 - 01:06