Peru: Workers clash with police in protest against government economic measures

Dozens of people belonging to the Peruvian Central Confederation of Workers (CGTP) and the Federation of Civil Construction Workers (FTCCP) arrived in downtown Lima on Thursday to protest against the economic measures taken by the government of President Martin Vizcarra to deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Footage shows workers displaying banners and holding signs demanding a universal income of 1,000 soles (275 euros, 320 US dollars) and criticising the president for supporting labour measures that, according to the protesters, violate workers' rights. The demonstration was broken up by the police, who used tear gas against the workers. «Today's march is in response to an anti-labour policy of the government and the employers who have been cracking down on workers' rights. There are massive layoffs, in all the companies», said Geronimo Lopez, Secretary-General of the Central Confederation of Workers. Lopez also accused the Vizcarra government of acting in coordination with the employers to fire workers: «They have taken advantage of this pandemic to make this kind of abuse,» he said. Peru has been one of the most affected countries by the coronavirus pandemic, registering 366,550 infections and 13,767 deaths related to the disease up to this Thursday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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