Peru: Several arrested as construction workers protest in Lima

Several demonstrators were arrested in Lima on Tuesday as protesters, mostly construction workers belonging to the General Confederation of Peruvian Workers (CGTP), took to the streets to demand financial aid from the government due to the coronavirus pandemic. Security forces wearing riot gear were seen arresting several protesters reportedly for not following the coronavirus restrictions such as social distancing. Demonstrators chanting and holding signs reading «civil disobedience, popular response,» could also be spotted. «We have already spent 100 days and until now we have received absolutely nothing, they speak of so many bonuses and bonuses and food basket, and we as civil construction workers do not deserve even half a Sol (Peruvian currency),» lamented Eusebio Diaz. Peru, which is one of the hardest hit countries by the coronavirus in South America, has 260,810 confirmed cases and 8,404 deaths related to the virus so far, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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