25 Jun '11, 12am

#Perú ¤ Two protesters dead in Peru airport clash: Hospital - Straits Times

JULIACA - AT LEAST two protesters were killed and 12 wounded Friday in clashes with riot police as anti-mining demonstrators attempted to occupy an airport in south-eastern Peru, hospital officials said. An estimated 1,000 protesters were dispersed by some 100 police at Inca Manco Capac international airport in Juliaca. Some of the protesters managed to breach the security barrier and penetrate the airport in hopes of disrupting air traffic, while others burned grasslands around the airport. A protester and a passer-by watching the clashes died from gunshot wounds, Juliaca hospital doctor Percy Casaperalta told AFP in this city of 200,000 inhabitants. Airport authorities were forced to cancel flight departures and arrivals due to the clashes on this second day of a 48-hour strike in Juliaca enacted by labour unions and farmers. The city is a popular tourist site on the sho...

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