July 27, 2000 |
Armored vehicles ringed Lima's historic center and police stopped buses in the Andean highlands as President Alberto Fujimori worked to thwart a huge protest planned for Friday, his inauguration day. Buses carrying thousands of Peruvians headed toward the capital to take part in the series of demonstrations due to peak when Fujimori takes his oath of office. Fujimori's inauguration will mark the beginning of his third five-year term.
February 15, 1992 |
Maoist guerrillas blew up a police van Friday, killing four policemen and wounding five during a one-day strike, police sources said. The rebel-called strike, which left millions of Peruvians struggling to find transportation to get to work, was part of the Maoist Shining Path's strategy to shift its activity from the traditional highland strongholds to the capital. Friday's deaths brought the toll in the weeklong offensive to 16.
July 20, 1988
Riot police wounded five people and arrested at least 270 protesters when a nationwide general strike in Peru flared into street clashes and induced leftist guerrilla violence, officials and strike leaders said. The 48-hour general strike was launched to protest government economic policy. Strikers and student sympathizers blocked main arteries leading into Lima with bonfires and rocks but were driven off by police using tear gas and firing water cannons, reporters said.
November 24, 1988 |
Police arrested 40 striking miners on Wednesday after firing tear gas and birdshot to disperse rock-throwing demonstrators protesting the government's newly unveiled austerity measures, a police spokesman said. Union leaders say 98% of the country's 60,000 miners have been on strike since Oct. 17 to press for better wages and conditions.
November 4, 1989 |
Thousands of Peruvians gathered in Lima for a "march for peace" against violence by the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) guerrilla movement, while transport in the city was crippled by a general strike called by the guerrillas. Army troops and police filled the streets to prevent disturbances during the strike called by Shining Path in support of its nine-year-old war to overthrow the government.
August 6, 1987 |
Riot police used tear gas and water cannon Wednesday to break up two demonstrations by hundreds of bank workers on opposite sides of government plans to nationalize Peru's financial institutions, witnesses said. There were no immediate reports of arrests or injuries in the second day of protests since President Alan Garcia announced the plans on July 28.