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Second day of violent protest in Lima over wages

Friday, November 27, 2015 - 01:25

Violent clashes with police in the Peruvian capital as health care and state workers protest over wage dispute, leading to arrests. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Striking public sector workers in Peru clashed with riot police and blocked a major street in Lima on Thursday (November 26) in a second day of violent protests in their call for higher wages. In interviews with Reuters, teachers say they earn roughly the equivalent of 200 U.S. dollars a month. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd of demonstrators who set tires on fire to close off traffic in a central road in Lima. According to police reports, several people were arrested for violent acts, such as kicking tear gas bombs back at the officers. The indefinite nationwide strike kicked off on Monday (November 23), closing off public schools and causing major delays in the Peruvian courts. Many health care workers have also stopped working to demand higher pay and better conditions. Jose Delgado, a leader of the education workers' union, said workers across the country would only end the strike if the government agreed to increase salaries. Peru's judicial workers also often complain about case overload and lack of adequate work conditions. The government has also angered health care unions after announcing slight cuts to the sector's budget in 2016.

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Second day of violent protest in Lima over wages

Friday, November 27, 2015 - 01:25