Cusco, Peru: Strike in Espinar continues, locals demand dialog

Isabel Guerra

Cusco, Peru: Strike in Espinar continues, locals demand dialogAccording to the latest local reports, the situation in the Cusco province of Espinar remains tense, since an attempt to start a dialog yesterday became unfruitful.

Monsignor Miguel Cabrejos arrived in the place and talked with the strike leaders, trying to open the possibility of a dialog between the government and the strikers, but he denied being a representative of the government.

“I am not here in behalf of the government, but as a representative of the Catholic Church,” he explained to the locals, who demand the creation of a high-level investigative commission at the Peruvian Congress to clarify the death of one Espinar resident yesterday during the clashes.

Cabrejos, who is the President of the Peruvian Bishops’ Conference, told the Prime Minister José Antonio Chang that Espinar residents want a direct dialog with high-rank authorities.

Local leaders told the press that the indefinite strike will continue, while government representatives have stated that they retire the Army troops and engage in a dialog only if the strike is lifted.

(Source and Photo: La Republica)