28 May '11, 12am

#Peru Business | Peru protesters set fire to customs building - Straits Times

#Peru Business | Peru protesters set fire to customs building - Straits Times

A view is seen of a burned government building in Desaguadero south of Lima in the border between Peru and Bolivia. -- PHOTO: REUTERS PUNO (Peru) - DEMONSTRATORS protesting a proposed silver mine set fire to a customs building on Friday after a night of violence in which three government offices were looted less than 10 days before presidential elections. A column of black smoke billowing from the customs building was visible from all points of this city of 120,000 on Lake Titicaca, some 1,300km south-east of Lima. The violence came as Peru was in the final stretch of campaigning for a June 5 presidential election pitting a leftist populist Ollanta Humala and Ms Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of former president Alberto Fujimori, imprisoned for crimes against humanity. Looters ransacked the town hall, a finance office and the customs building on Thursday night as the protest...

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