Hundreds of Peruvians stranded in Colombia over coffee protests

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Hundreds of Peruvians have been left stranded in Colombia on Wednesday, after coffee growers have blocked several roads in the country, Peru21 reported.

According to the daily, there are about 800 Peruvians stranded in the neighboring country, after 3 days of protests by coffee producers who are demanding greater subsidies to protect them against falling international prices.

"There are four groups blocked, one in the department of Nariño and three in Cauca,” said Renzo Villa, Peru’s consul to Colombia.

“A group of 150 Peruvian got through in Nariño, but there are still nearly 50 fellow citizens detained [in Nariño]" Villa said, according to Peru21.

Miguel Reategui, a Peruvian stranded in Cauca, said they have talked to the Peruvian consulate by phone, but said that Colombian police were made aware of the situation.

Reategui said there are at least nine children and fifty older Peruvians, among the group he was with. Many in the group, he said, have run out of money to buy food, and they have made improvised soup kitchens using local products.

The Peruvian consulate, he said, has already confirmed it would send them food, if they are unable to leave the country by the end of Wednesday.

Hundreds of Peruvians have been left stranded in Colombia on Wednesday, after coffee growers have blocked several roads in the country, Peru21 reported.

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