Lima: violent behavior erupts during transit strike

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Violent clashes occurred on Wednesday after striking public transit workers attacked cars and buses that did not comply with the 24-hour strike.

According to El Comercio, one bus was attacked, and its windows broken, as it made its way to downtown Lima. The attack caused panic among passengers, who proceeded to flee the bus.

Police officers eventually intervened, and used teargas to disperse the mob. Five of the protestors, the daily reported, were detained by police after the attack.

The strike was carried out by a group of public transportation companies headed by the National Confederation of Transport Companies (Conet), in opposition to recent reforms made by the Municipality of Lima.The reforms would require bus companies to form consortia to operate five routes, and to implement new standards for service, emissions and labor practices.

According to El Comercio, bus fares and availability was affected in some areas of the city during Wednesday’s strike, but most traffic carried on without further issues during the day. However, the city’s Metropolitano bus system experienced longer queues.

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(Photo: América TV)

Violent clashes occurred on Wednesday after striking public transit workers attacked cars and buses, who did not comply with the 24-hour strike.

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