Valerie Durand, Secretary of the workers’ union of the Decentralized Directorate of Culture of Cusco (DDC), informed that they will go on an indefinite strike from next November 28, given that the government does not respond to the claim against decree 043 that centralizes the proceeds in the Machu Picchu llaqta.
Near 50 heavy-duty vehicles continue to occupy a lane of the highway that connects Puno with Cusco.
Throughout the morning there have been no reports of clashes between the strikers and the police.
Urban public transport remains paralyzed in the Cusco city. For this reason, the National Police continues to implement a “safe preferential corridor” between the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport and the historic center in the city of Cusco, to prevent national and foreign tourists who arrive from being affected by the strike.
The entrance to the citadel of Machu Picchu is not allowed. The Cusco university federation also joined the strike. The students picketed at some points in the city and have their own list of demands.
In Abancay, in the Pachacamac sector, heavy load carriers comply with the third day of strike. The leaders expressed their discomfort upon learning that the carriers from Lima and Callao have not joined the strike. In addition, they asked the Government to hold a dialogue table in Cusco with the national leaders.
Cusco could lose up to USD 2 million a day due to a strike in the region
The union of workers of the Decentralized Directorate of Tourism of Cusco, which administers Machu Picchu, announced that it will begin an indefinite strike on November 28.
This Thursday, the city of Cusco continues paralyzed due to the strike called by farmers and other unions due to the rise in the cost of living. The protesters have restricted the movement of vehicles in the city and several businesses remain closed. However, the sector with the most losses is tourism since the transfer of visitors to the main attractions of this area of the country is lower.
For the third day, heavy cargo carriers continue to block the road between Cusco and Sicuani, at kilometer 14, in Angostura, preventing the passage of other vehicles. The strikers plan to remain in place indefinitely until their list of demands is addressed.
Close to 100% of urban public transport has complied with the strike in the city of Cusco.
In Tacna, about 50 heavy-duty vehicles remain parked on one side of kilometer 1396 of the Panamericana Sur highway. The Police talks with some drivers to find out if some drivers are being forced to participate in the stoppage. The transit of vehicles is allowed. At kilometer 1312, near the border with Chile, there is another strike picket.
This Thursday morning, the streets of the city of Cusco looked with less vehicular movement than other days and it is that on Wednesday, this area of the country was one of the ones that most complied with the strike of farmers and transporters.
The first day the strike was forceful, there was little mobilization and the federations of Cusco workers, peasants and even a sector of the medical union joined forces, blocking some entrances to the city.
The Police had to use buses to transfer tourists from the Velasco Astete airport to the center of the city.
Police mobilize tourists
The deployment of a “Safe Tourist Corridor” implemented by the Peruvian National Police (PNP) in the city of Cusco, allowed foreign and national visitors to be transferred and left stranded, due to the strike of carriers that has been observed since yesterday in some regions of the country.
This plan, promoted by the PNP Tourism Commission of Cusco, allowed around 600 people to mobilize for free and safely on four buses of the institution from the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport to the Plaza de Armas, and vice versa.
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