Peru: Young Girl Killed during Protest

(LIP-ir)  —  A minor lost her life yesterday after being hit in the face by a rock while SUTEP teachers had a stand-off with police in the city of Abancay – region of Apurímac.

Apurímac Regional Police reported that the girl was killed around 7:50 a.m. when teachers began throwing rocks at police who were attempting to clear the streets of debris so traffic between Abancay and Cusco could continue.

The girl was identified as 13 year-old Janet Sánchez Huamán, who died instantly after a rock hit her in the face and part of her head. She was 20 meters from her house.

The scene of the protest, where 250 teachers had blocked the street, was about 12 kilometers from Abancay city. The teachers were continuing a strike, going on for 6 days now, protesting the new "teacher profession" law.

Teachers debate that the reform was not discussed with representatives and is being imposed on them, therefore violating there rights.

Other reasons for teachers opposition is an amendment to the the reform which calls for the constant evaluations of teachers. If teachers were to fail the assessment three times they could find themselves without a job.

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