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Nationwide Protests Rock Peru, Bush Seeks Allies In Latin America

Benjamin Dangl writes in Toward Freedom (also available on ZNet):

National protests rock Peru as President Alan Garcia navigates through an increasingly tumultuous labor and teacher uprising. Rejections of a free trade agreement with the US and neoliberal economic policies are at the heart of the national uprising which has left three people dead and several wounded. National protests rock Peru as President Alan Garcia navigates through an increasingly tumultuous labor and teacher uprising. Rejections of a free trade agreement with the US and neoliberal economic policies are at the heart of the national uprising which has left three people dead and several wounded.
Protests have stemmed from an increasing gap between the rich minority and the poor majority in the country. Most of Peru’s population of over 27 million survives on less than a dollar a day. “What we have in Peru is economic growth without social development,” a political analyst, Ernesto Velit, told Reuters.

President Garcia, who in his election campaign promised he had learned from his disastrous mistakes in a previous presidency, is now experiencing a sharp decline in approval ratings.

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