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    Eight people were injured when riot police clashed in Lima on June 19 with strikers at the Economy Ministry.

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    1. GVs & SV Demonstrators gathered in Plaza San Martin, some with banners. (3 SHOTS) 0.12
    2. GV Demonstrators block roads and stop traffic. 0.16
    3. GV Police water cannon truck arrives and fires water to disperse demonstrators. 0.39
    4. SVs & GV Police in riot gear arrive on foot, and demonstrators scatter as tear gas is fired. (2 SHOTS) 0.51
    5. GVs Civilians flee as more tear gas is fired and water cannon is fired. (4 SHOTS) 1.15
    6. GV TILT DOWN Demonstrators chant outside government building. 1.26
    7. GV INTERIOR PAN Demonstrators chant. (2 SHOTS) 1.40
    8. SVs Police move demonstrators from building, using batons. 1.58
    9. GV PAN Demonstrators gather outside and chant. 2.11
    10. GV Riot police fire tear gas from truck. 2.16
    12. GV Police and truck clear debris. 2.35
    13. GV Fire burns in street, with crowds nearby. 2.38

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    Background: LIMA, PERU

    Eight people were injured when riot police clashed in Lima on June 19 with strikers at the Economy Ministry. A Ministry spokesman said that paramilitary police, acting under orders of Economy Minister Jose Benavides, broke up a picket line, to allow non-strikers to reach their desks. Earlier, police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse demonstrators gathered at the city's Plaza San Martin to voice their disagreement with the government's economic policies. Workers at several government ministries have been on strike to back demands for a 150 per cent pay rise to cope with an annual inflation rate in the past 12 months of 115 per cent. Peru suffered a 12 per cent drop in economic output last year, and the government of President Fernando Belaunde Terry has been trying to renegotiate about 2.6 billion U.S. dollars debt owed to commercial banks. On June 9, the government announced a 30-day state-of-emergency, as strikes in the civil service schools, and banks continued. The main workers' organisation, the General Confederation of Peruvian Workers (CGTP), cancelled a general strike due for June 21, and CGTP Secretary-General Isidro Gamarra said he hoped to meet the president soon to push for a price freeze on food staples and the lifting of the state-of-emergency. The emergency, suspending civil rights, was imposed to preserve public order. Under the four year old government of President Belaunde, there have been five general strikes.


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