Cusco has joined today, and for 48 hours, the strike that was started eight days ago by the residents of the province of Espinar, who are protesting against the agricultural and energetic project Majes-Siguas II.
According to RPP radio reports, the roads from Cusco to Apurímac, Puno, Arequipa, to districts in the highlands and to the Urubamba Valley are currently blocked.
Train services to Machu Picchu have been suspended for two days; markets and schools are closed and urban transportation vehicles are scarce.
A group of students has taken control of the University San Antonio Abad, while a group of some 500 protesters from Espinar is ready to demonstrate on Cusco city streets today, heading to Cusco Main Square.
Residents of Espinar are against Majes-Siguas project because they claim that the bidding process has been “irregular” and that it will make their water supply run dry.
(Photo: La Republica)